I wonder how many more music teachers have noticed the ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen phenomenon? Having had the song mentioned to me by a couple of students, I looked it up on youtube, saw a cartoon character with an improbable waistline singing about being a queen and thought, ‘Why would a seven-year-old boy want to sing and play this song on his ukulele?’ It didn’t really capture my imagination so nothing more was done about it. But now I have been DELUGED with requests from students to learn the song. From tinies to teenage, boys and girls, they’re all mad about it! Right now, Frozen is definitely the number one movie among my pupils.
The song is in Ab. Here are the words and chords to ‘Let it Go’ in the original key, and transposed down a semitone to the more palatable key of G.
I had already decided that that this evening would be devoted to making a chart of this song, when yet another student mentioned it today by way of telling me what she and 5 other friends will be doing for their school talent show next week. They will sing along to a CD of ‘Let it Go’ whilst one of them plays along with the tune of the chorus on a keyboard. When the song hits its climax, two of the group who happen to also do gymnastics will begin cartwheeling around the stage.
I have had fun with a student improvising around the four main chords of the chorus in different keys. It is the good old favourite progression illustrated brilliantly by Axis of Awesome. I have shared this video before, I will do it again!