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About song and recorder playing

Embarking on a musical journey through the enchanting world of recorder music, one cannot help but be drawn to the timeless charm of “I Saw Three Ships.” This traditional Christmas carol, with its origins veiled in the mists of the early 17th century, captivates with its simple melody and joyful narrative. The song, believed to have been composed in England, paints a vivid picture of three ships sailing into Bethlehem on Christmas Day. Its lyrics, brimming with festive imagery and cheer, evoke a sense of wonder and celebration, making it a perfect piece for individuals of all ages looking to delve into the art of playing the recorder.

Through the innovative approach of picture notation for the recorder, learners can easily navigate the melodies of “I Saw Three Ships” without the prerequisite of reading traditional music notes. This method, exemplified in our recorder learning book for adults and kids alike, allows for an immediate and gratifying musical experience. The song itself serves as an ideal starting point for beginners, offering a gentle introduction to the instrument’s capabilities and the joy of making music. Delving into this piece not only provides a fun and engaging learning experience but also connects the player with a piece of cultural heritage that has been passed down through generations. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to expand your repertoire, “I Saw Three Ships” is a festive and approachable piece that enriches our recorder songbook with pictures, ensuring a delightful musical adventure for everyone.

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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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