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About song and recorder playing

Embarking on the journey of learning to play the recorder can be both exhilarating and daunting for beginners. However, with the right tools and pieces, anyone can start making music quickly and enjoyably. One song that stands out in this endeavor is “Ode to Joy,” the renowned melody from the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, composed in 1824. This piece is not just a song; it’s a universal anthem of joy, unity, and peace, making it an ideal choice for learners of all ages. The lyrics, set to Beethoven’s melody in 1824 by Friedrich Schiller, call for universal brotherhood and the unification of humanity, themes as relevant today as they were nearly two centuries ago.

What makes “Ode to Joy” particularly suitable for beginners, especially those using a recorder songbook with picture notation, is its simple yet powerful melody. The songbook’s picture notes for the recorder allow learners to easily cover the correct holes and play along without prior knowledge of music reading. This approach demystifies the process of music-making, making it accessible and enjoyable right from the start. Moreover, “Ode to Joy” serves as more than just a piece to learn; it’s a cultural touchstone, recognized and beloved around the world. This melody has found its way into various contexts, from being the official anthem of the European Union to appearing in movies and pop culture, embodying hope and the joy of living. Whether you’re a child picking up the recorder for the first time or an adult revisiting a long-lost passion, “Ode to Joy” offers a fulfilling and inspiring musical experience, perfectly complemented by the visual simplicity of picture notes sheet music in modern recorder learning books.

Ode to Joy (L. van Beethoven)picture tabs for flute
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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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