10 songs easy to play on the recorder

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Everyone should pick up at least one musical instrument throughout their life. Not because music is that universal art form that appeals to people everywhere, but because music can improve your mood.

One of the easiest instruments for any lover of music or musical notation to master is the recorder, a flute-like instrument. Practicing the recorder will help you master several fingering techniques and control your breathing. Here are some of the easiest songs to play on the recorder.

10 songs easy to play on the recorder

You may remember some of these songs from your time in nursery or kindergarten. Many of them are nursery rhymes, some of which are taught exclusively on the recorder.

#1. Happy birthday to you

“Happy Birthday To You” is one of the easiest songs to play on the recorder and even to learn on any instrument. It’s in the key of C major, and you just have to play one high note – the high C note. You must also play an altered note – B-flat.

The ratings are:

DDDDDGF#
Happy birthday to you

DDEDAG
Happy birthday to you

JJ D’BGF#E
Happy Birthday dear…..

C’C’BGAG
Happy birthday to you

Remember to blow softly on the lowest notes and practice jumping from C to High C. This is the only tricky part of the song.

#2. Titanic: My Heart Will Go On

Do you remember that iconic song from the hit romantic movie Titanic? There is an easy recording version that you can learn in less than an hour. The Titanic’s recorder notes are in the F major scale with two high notes.

The ratings are:

GGGGF#G
Every night in my dreams

GF#GABA
I see you, I feel you

GGGGF#GGD
That’s how I know you, carry on

GGGGF#G
Far across the distance

GF#GABA
And the spaces between us

GGGGF#GGD
You came to show yourself, carry on

GADCBA
Near, far, wherever you are

BBAGF# GF# E
I think it’s the heart, keep going

GADDCBA
Once again you open the door

BCBAGF#
And you are there in my heart

GF#F#GABAG
And my heart will go on, on and on and on

#3. baby shark

“Baby Shark” is a popular American nursery rhyme that you may be familiar with. It is a very easy song to learn and has only 4 notes.

The ratings are:

CDFFFFFFFF
Ba – by Shark doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

CDFFFFFFFF
Mo-mma Shark doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

CDFFFFFFFF
Da–ddy Shark doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

FFE
Ba – by Shark

#4. amazing Grace

Originally written in 1773 to illustrate a New Year’s Day sermon, “Amazing Grace” is one of America’s most treasured Christian hymns. It is often played at the start of major sporting events and rallies to celebrate America’s unity under God.

The ratings are:

DGBGBAGEDD

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

GBGBADBDDBDB
Saved a wretch like me. I was once

GDEGGEDDGBGBAC
Lost but now I’m found Was blind but now I see

#5. Ode to Joy

“Ode to Joy” is arguably the most popular recorder song around, and it’s also very easy to learn. The symphony was composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven in 1824, and it is in D minor.

The ratings are:

BBCDDCBAGGABBBA
BBCDDCBAGGABAGG
AABGABCBGABCDAGAD
BBCDDCBAGGABAGG

You’ll have to learn how to go from B to C for the middle part, but other than that, they’re all individual notes.

#6. It is raining

“Rain Rain Go Away” is a simple 3-note song with a really easy beat and low difficulty level.

The ratings are:

GEGGEGEEGGE
Rain, rain, go away, come back another day

GGEEGGEAGGE
Little Johnny wants to play, rain rain goes away

#seven. Mary had a little lamb

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a nursery rhyme and another really elementary song, among the easiest songs to play on the recorder. It’s only 3 notes and no offsets or highs or flats – the simplest song on this list. You can learn to play it the first time.

The ratings are:

BAGABBBAAABDD
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb

SACABBBBAABAC
Mary had a little lamb, her fleece was white as snow

BAGABBBAAABDD
He followed her to school one day, to school one day, to school one day

SACABBBBAABAC
He followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.

#8. Row Row Row Your Boat

“Row Row Row Your Boat” is a traditional English nursery rhyme. It’s very short but covers all the natural notes that anyone can sing. Practicing this song will help you improve your note detection skills.

Here are the notes:

CCCDE
Row, row, row your boat

EDEFG
Gently along the creek

CCCGGG
happily happily

EEECC
happily happily

GFEDC
Life is anything but a dream

#9. Hot buns

In many schools, “Hot Cross Buns” is exclusively the first song you learn on the recorder on the first day. It covers the most basic skill when learning the recorder, which is to switch between the three notes most commonly played together on the recorder – B, A and G.

The ratings are:

BAG
Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns

GGGGAAAA
One a penny, two a penny

BAG
Hot buns

#ten. Old Macdonald had a farm

“Old Macdonald Had a Farm” is one of the best recorder songs to practice. It covers all the basic skills, like holding a note according to the song’s metronome and switching between commonly played chords together.

The ratings are:

GGGDEED
Old Macdonald had a farm

BBAAG
eee – I – eee – I – oh!

DGGGDEED
And on that farm he had a cow

BBAAG
eee – I – eee – I – oh!

DDGGG
With a moo moo here

DDGGG
And a moo moo there

GGG
Here a moo

GGG
There’s a moo

GGGGGG
Everywhere a moo moo

GGGDEED
Old Macdonald had a farm

BBAAG
eee – I – eee – I – oh!

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