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Embarking on a musical journey with the recorder can be both thrilling and rewarding, especially when you start with iconic tunes that resonate through time. One such melody that makes for an excellent first endeavor is “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Originally a gospel hymn that found its roots in early 20th-century American music, this song has transcended its religious origins to become a celebrated piece in jazz, pop, and folk music. Composed by the likes of Louis Armstrong and his contemporaries, its exact origins remain somewhat mysterious, adding to its allure. The song speaks of hopeful anticipation for a better life, a theme that has universal appeal, making it an ideal choice for beginners of all ages.

Learning to play “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the recorder using picture notation for recorder from a recorder songbook with pictures simplifies the process, allowing novices to immediately engage with the music without the steep learning curve of traditional music theory. This approach, featured in recorder books for beginners, including our easy recorder songbook, makes music accessible and fun. The melody itself is upbeat and lively, perfect for lifting spirits and inspiring continuous musical exploration. Whether you’re a child or an adult, this song, with its rich history and infectious rhythm, is a fantastic starting point. It not only serves as an excellent introduction to the instrument but also connects learners to a broader cultural legacy, making your first foray into the world of music both educational and immensely enjoyable.

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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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