Ned of the Hill

Folk ballad
First published in 1745
Words by the Irish composer Edmund O'Ryan

First lines in the song:
Who is that out with the edge of his voice
beating on my closed door?'
"I am Ned of the hill, drowned, cold and wet
From crossing mountains and valleys."


Ned of the Hill guitar tab and notes (pdf)

tabs tabs & notes


Ned of the Hill instrumental guitar (mp3)

Ned of the Hill - guitar tab and notes

"Ned of the Hill" is an old traditional tune in Irish music from the 18th century. It's referred to many names besides "Ned of the Hill" and most commonly "√Čamonn an Chnoic", Irish for "Edmund of The Hill". It is sometimes referred to as "As A Beam Over the Water". There are also many alternative versions of the melody, although the main themes are intact. The origin of the song is not fully known, but there are some facts about how the song has evolved during time.

The music transcriptions of the song with tabs and notes are available for download as PDFs. It's free for personal use only.

Ned of the Hill (full accompaniment)

"Ned of the Hill" for guitar with full accompaniment in two versions. The first version include simple harmonizing whereas the second has the harmony in a higher voice. Both can be downloaded free in pdf-files and listen to.

Ned of the Hill guitar accompaniment

Ned of the Hill (only melody)

"Ned of the Hill" standard and tablature notation for guitar.

Ned of the Hill notes and tabs

Tips on how to learn this song

The song consists of 32 bars and it will probably take some time to memorize. The best way to learn it and being able to play it from memory is to examine the similarities and repeating patterns throughout the song.

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Ned of the Hill" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol


The presented version of Ned of the Hill is played in the key of G.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 3/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).

Tuning overview


The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 90 for the presented version.

Tags: Folk song