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About the song and notes for recorder

Diving into the world of music through the recorder can be a delightful journey, especially when starting with familiar tunes that resonate with cultural and historical significance. One such melody that stands out in our recorder songbook for beginners is “Oh! Susanna,” a classic American folk song that has captivated audiences since its composition by Stephen Foster in 1848. This piece is not just a song; it’s a slice of American history, embodying the spirit of the Gold Rush era and showcasing the early roots of American folk music. Its catchy melody and playful lyrics have made it a staple in American culture, ensuring its place in educational settings and beyond. With its straightforward structure, “Oh! Susanna” is an excellent choice for those learning to play the recorder, offering a fun and engaging way to master the instrument.

Our recorder book for kids and adults alike simplifies the learning process by using picture notation for the recorder, making it incredibly easy to follow along and start playing music right away. The picture notes sheet music included for “Oh! Susanna” allows beginners to quickly grasp the song’s melody without the need to understand traditional music notation. This approach not only demystifies the process of learning a new instrument but also provides an immediate sense of accomplishment and joy. The song’s lyrics, “I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee,” evoke images of adventure and exploration, perfectly complementing the joyous journey of discovering music. Whether you’re a child taking your first musical steps or an adult revisiting a long-lost passion, “Oh! Susanna” offers a delightful entry point into the world of music through the recorder, making it a must-try in any beginner’s repertoire.

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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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