Johny Johny, Yes Papa how to play the recorder

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About the song and notes for recorder

Embarking on the journey of learning to play the recorder can be both exhilarating and daunting, especially for beginners who haven’t yet mastered traditional music notation. However, with resources such as a recorder songbook with pictures, even the most novice players can start making music immediately. One song that stands as a testament to the simplicity yet profound joy of music making is “Johny Johny Yes Papa.” This song, deeply rooted in children’s literature and nursery rhymes, transcends age and geography, making it an excellent choice for a recorder learning book for adults and a recorder book for kids alike.

“Johny Johny Yes Papa” is a beloved nursery rhyme that has charmed its way into the hearts of many around the globe. Though its exact origins are a bit murky, it is widely believed to have originated in India. The song revolves around a simple call-and-response between a father and his son, Johny, who is caught sneaking sugar. The lyrics, “Johny Johny Yes Papa, Eating sugar? No Papa,” are instantly recognizable, and the song’s repetitive and melodic structure makes it an ideal piece for beginners. It’s not just a song; it’s a playful interaction set to music, making it a perfect fit for a recorder songbook for kids and a recorder music book for beginners. Incorporating “Johny Johny Yes Papa” into a recorder practice book utilizing picture notation for the recorder allows learners of all ages to engage with music in a fun and interactive way, fostering a love for music and instrument learning that can last a lifetime. Whether you’re a child or simply young at heart, this song, with its easy melody and engaging storyline, is a fantastic gateway into the world of music through the recorder.

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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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