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How to play a song on the recorder

Embarking on the journey of learning to play the recorder can be both exciting and daunting, especially for beginners who are just getting acquainted with the instrument. One song that stands out for its beautiful melody and profound lyrics, ideal for those starting their musical adventure, is “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” This hymn, composed in 1744 by Charles Wesley, who is among the most prolific hymn writers in history, encapsulates the essence of Advent and Christmas in its heartfelt plea for the arrival of Jesus. The song, with its rich historical background and deep spiritual meaning, is a perfect piece for recorder enthusiasts looking to explore music that resonates through the ages.

For those utilizing a recorder learning book for adults or a recorder book for kids, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” offers an excellent opportunity to practice with picture notation for the recorder. This method, where learners play by covering holes shown in pictures rather than reading traditional music notes, makes it accessible for everyone, regardless of their prior musical knowledge. The hymn’s melody is straightforward yet profoundly moving, embodying a sense of longing and expectation that can be deeply felt through the simple, pure tone of the recorder. This song is not just a musical piece; it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that connects players and listeners alike to a centuries-old tradition of hope and anticipation. Whether you’re a beginner holding your first recorder lessons book or someone revisiting the instrument, mastering this hymn can add a meaningful piece to your repertoire, enriching your musical journey with its timeless appeal.

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Some of the notes on our website contain the full version of the song, and some are excerpts, or for example the very beginning, chorus or verse, etc. Full versions of all the notes can be found in our books and e-books: SHOP.

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