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Here are a few reasons why you might find these folk songs surprisingly helpful.

First of all, the first 5 songs are the easiest and also include tabs, or fingering diagrams, which show you how to play each note.

Secondly, each of the 29 songs is repeated in 6 to 12 different keys. Playing songs in several keys is an engaging fast track to mastering Coda’s entire two-octave range with all the sharps and flats.

Finally, the keys are graded from easier to more difficult so that newbies can stick to the first one or two keys while more advanced players can take on the challenge of playing them all.

By the way, even though some of these folk songs are not of Japanese origin, we’ve included them because they are so well-known in Japan.