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About song and recorder playing

Dive into the heartwarming melodies of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” a song that transcends time and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Originating from the American Civil War era, this folk classic is a testament to the resilience and hope of the human spirit. Composed by unknown authors, it is a piece deeply rooted in African American history, often associated with the slave community singing in unison as they navigated their way towards freedom. This spiritual hymn is not just a song; it’s a narrative of struggle, liberation, and the collective memory of a people aiming for a brighter future.

For those eager to learn to play the recorder, “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” presents an excellent starting point. Our recorder book for beginners utilizes picture notation for the recorder, making it incredibly easy for kids and adults alike to start playing this profound piece without prior knowledge of reading music. The song’s simple melody and repetitive structure are ideal for recorder exercises for beginners, offering a gentle introduction to the instrument. Whether you’re a novice looking to pick up your first recorder music book for beginners or someone seeking to enrich their repertoire with meaningful tunes, this song, with its rich cultural associations and historical significance, offers a deeply rewarding experience. Embrace the journey of learning to play “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” and let this timeless hymn fill your heart with its poignant message of hope and redemption.

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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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