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Happy Birthday Kalimba Tab

Happy Birthday is sung the world over and is arguably one of the most recognizable songs ever! It is traditionally sung on someone’s Birthday as a celebration and now you can learn to play it on the kalimba using this Happy Birthday kalimba tab!

As kalimba tabs go, Happy Birthday also happens to be one of the easiest to learn, making it ideal for beginners to learn as a first song. If you don’t yet know how to read kalimba tabs, I recommend reading my helpful article on the subject, where I teach you everything you’ll need to know.

Got your kalimba? Let’s get started!

Notation & Tuning Key

The below key represents all the notes for a standard 17 key kalimba, tuned to C. All the notes that are plucked in this Happy Birthday kalimba tab are in bold.


Happy Birthday Kalimba Tab Numbered Notation

Here is the numbered notation kalimba tab for Happy Birthday To You.

5   5  6     5   1° 7    
Hap-py Birth-day to you,

5   5  6     5   2° 1°
Hap-py Birth-day to you.

5   5  5°    3°  1°    7   6
Hap-py Birth-day dear *per-son,

4°  4° 3°    1°  2° 1°
Hap-py Birth-day to you!

Happy Birthday Kalimba Tab Lettered Notation

Here is the lettered notation kalimba tab for Happy Birthday To You for those that prefer reading lettered notation over numbers.

G   G  A     G   C° B    
Hap-py Birth-day to you,

G   G  A     G   D° C°
Hap-py Birth-day to you.

G   G  G°    E°  C°    B   A
Hap-py Birth-day dear *per-son,

F°  F° E°    C°  D° C°
Hap-py Birth-day to you!


Happy Birthday To You is a much loved song to sing at Birthday parties all over the world and it also happens to be a fantastic song to learn on kalimba if you’re just starting out!

Give this Happy Birthday kalimba tab a go and see just how easy it is to learn for yourself!

And when you’ve learned Happy Birthday, why not challenge yourself to learn a few more songs? There is an ever growing list of kalimba tabs here at Saorsa Music to choose from!