Johny Johny Yes Papa – kalimba tabs from the book

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About the song and about tablature. You can find tablatures below the description.

Embarking on the musical journey to learn the kalimba can be both exciting and overwhelming for beginners. However, with the right resources, such as a kalimba book for beginners that employs number notes for easy learning, picking up this enchanting instrument becomes an enjoyable endeavor. One song that stands out in the vast collection of melodies suitable for novices is the classic nursery rhyme, “Johny Johny Yes Papa.” This song, believed to have originated in the early 20th century, has cemented its place in the hearts of children and adults alike. Its simple lyrics, which revolve around a child, Johny, who is caught by his father eating sugar, and the ensuing playful exchange, make it a delightful piece to learn and play on the kalimba.

What makes “Johny Johny Yes Papa” an excellent choice for kalimba learners, especially when using a kalimba songbook with number notation, is its repetitive melody and straightforward rhythm. This song is not only a hit among kids but also provides a fantastic learning platform for adults venturing into the world of music through the kalimba. The number notes sheet music simplifies the learning process, allowing players to immediately dive into making music without the steep learning curve of traditional note reading. Moreover, this song’s cultural ubiquity and the nostalgia it evokes can make the learning experience even more gratifying. Whether you’re using a kalimba learning book for adults or a kalimba songbook for kids, “Johny Johny Yes Papa” offers a gentle introduction to playing kalimba by number, ensuring a successful and enjoyable practice session for learners of all ages.

Johny Johny Yes Papa kalimba song
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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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