What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – Piano Notes


Piano Notes for What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong – CDE FGAB


Key Information for the Song What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Scale: F Major Scale (one black key)
Key Signature: One flat (Bb)
F Major Scale Notes: F, G, A, Bb­, C, D, E
Tempo: 68 bpm
Time Signature: 4/4
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This post will provide the letter notes for the melody of What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. The song is in F major with a tempo of 68 BPM and a 4/4 time signature i.e. common time signature. It is a classic song with simple chords and melody. These notes are intended for piano and are suitable for players with some experience as well as for beginners.

What a Wonderful World song is very easy to play on the piano as it has a slow tempo and uses mostly basic chords, and you can add embellishments as you progress.


Tips to Play the Piano Notes for What a Wonderful World

Fast Notes – Brackets

Some letter notes for the song What a Wonderful World are given in brackets like (notes); they are meant to be played quickly or fast, similar to 16th, 32nd, or sometimes 8th notes in sheet music.

Play these notes continuously and connectedly, following the “What a Wonderful World” song’s rhythm and lyrics.

The next regular note is written immediately after the closing bracket.

Sustained Notes – Wavy Lines

The wavy line symbol ~ (tilde) following a note indicates sustained notes.

  • One tilde signifies a quarter-note duration on the piano sheet.
  • Two tildes denote a half-note duration.
  • Three tildes signify a whole note duration.

Therefore, press and hold the note for the appropriate duration based on the number of tildes while playing the piano notes for the What a Wonderful World song.


Part 1 (Intro)

A~~ G~~ A~~ G~


Part 2 (Verse 1)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world


C   E     F~~    A    C*~~
I    see trees   of   green,

D*    D* D*   C*~~~
red  roses   too

Bb Bb  Bb     A~~    G   G   G    F~~
I    see them bloom for me and you


F      F  F~~   F    F   F~~
And  I  think   to   my_self

F       F    E~ F~ G~      A~~~
What a   won_der_ful  world


Part 3 (Verse 2)

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed days, the dark sacred nights
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world


C   E     F~~    A    C*~~
I    see skies  of    blue

C*    D*~~     D*   C*~~~
and  clouds  of   white

C*    Bb~~   Bb   Bb     A~~
The bright   blessed   days,

A     G~~   G  G      F~~
the  dark   sacred   nights


F      F  F~~   F    F   F~~
And  I  think   to   my_self

F       F    E~ F~ G~      F~~~
What a   won_der_ful  world


Part 4 (Bridge)

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, “I love you”


F      G G    G  G  G C
The colors of the rainbow

C Bb  A A Ab  A~~
So pretty in the sky

F     G G  G   G   G C
Are also  on  the faces

G Bb  A A Ab  A~
Of people going by


A C*     D*~      D*  D*    C*~~
I   see friends  shaking hands,

A C*      D*~~  D*  D*   C*~~
saying, “How  do  you do?”

D*         D* D*  C* C*~   Bb~ A~ G~
They’re really  saying,  “I love you”


Part 5 (Verse 3)

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world


C E F~ A C*~
I hear babies cry,

C* D*~~ D* C*~~
I watch them grow


Bb       Bb      Bb     A~~
They’ll learn much more

A      G~~  G G   F~~
Than I’ll     ever  know


F      F  F~~   F    F   F~~
And  I  think   to   my_self

F       F    E~ F~ G~      A~~~
What a   won_der_ful  world


A~  A~  A~ F~ G~~
Yes, I think to myself

F       F    E~ F~ G~      F~~~
What a   won_der_ful  world



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