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About the song and notes for recorder

Diving into the enchanting world of recorder music, one cannot overlook the simplicity and beauty of “Simple Gifts.” Composed in 1848 by Joseph Brackett, this Shaker song has woven itself into the fabric of American culture, embodying themes of simplicity and humility. Initially a dance song within the Shaker community, “Simple Gifts” has transcended its origins to become a beloved melody worldwide. Its lyrics, advocating for a life of simplicity and freedom, resonate deeply across diverse audiences. This tune, with its straightforward melody and profound message, is a testament to the power of music to convey universal truths.

For those embarking on their journey to play the recorder, “Simple Gifts” is featured in our recorder songbook with picture notation, making it an ideal piece for beginners of all ages. Our recorder book for kids and adults alike transforms learning into an engaging, visual experience, allowing players to grasp the essence of the song without the need of traditional music reading skills. Through picture notes sheet music, learners can easily follow along, covering the relevant holes depicted in the illustrations to bring the melody of “Simple Gifts” to life. This method, found within our easy recorder songbook, not only introduces the fundamentals of playing the recorder but also invites students to explore the rich history and timeless message of “Simple Gifts,” making it a meaningful addition to any recorder learning book for adults or children. Whether as part of recorder lessons for beginners or as a solo endeavor, “Simple Gifts” stands as a beacon of the joy and fulfillment found in music and life’s simpler gifts.

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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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