Mary Had a Little Lamb

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This is an online fiddle lesson for the children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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Genre: Children
Skill Level: Beginner
Key of A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Online Fiddle Lesson

Online Fiddle Lesson

Online Fiddle Lesson

 

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is an English language nursery rhyme of nineteenth-century American origin.

The nursery rhyme was first published by the Boston publishing firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon, as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830, and was inspired by an actual incident.

As a young girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb that she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued. Mary recalled: "Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling. It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem..."

source: wikipedia

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb,
little lamb, Mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
Mary went, Mary went, everywhere
that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day,
school one day, school one day,
He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rules,
It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play,
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
He waited patiently about,
ly about, ly about,
He waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
love Mary so?" love Mary so?"
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cried.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
lamb, you know," lamb, you know,"
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
The teacher did reply.
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    John (BGD)
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    I’ll be working on some beginner children’s songs this summer.  I have lots of little ones in my beginner fiddle class at Fiddle Camp.  Here is our first song!

    Mary Had a Little Lamb

    Morgen and friends

    #49809
    cricket
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    Aren’t they cute!  The lesson looks great, John.  I guess soon they’ll be playing it for us!

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    John (BGD)
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    I hope so! Hopefully we’ll have 15-20 little fiddlers practicing with these videos this week, and everyone playing in unison come Tuesday evening!

    #49813
    cricket
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    Is the little one with glasses yours?  She looks so enthusiastic!

    #49824
    rodger
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    Hey, maybe we should all do a Mary Had a Little Lamb for a collaboration to get the little ones excited & interested, because they would be able to play it too.  (?)   John, tell Morgen I was really happy to see her picture right in there becoming a fiddler and I really look forward to playing  a tune with her.

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    John (BGD)
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    Thanks! Yes, that’s my Morgen. :) She is super-excited about learning the fiddle. It may be a little soon for it, but it was impossible to keep her out of the class. She may be a little fiddler soon!

    #49839
    cricket
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    Wow…she’s just surrounded by it and it’s definitely gonna be a part of who she is, I guess.  Great!

    #49840
    rodger
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    Morgen liked to help build a fire in the fireplace and is a real delight…she definitely has a mountain heart in her…

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    John (BGD)
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    Morgen is quickly becoming a mountain girl. She still has great memories of our time at Sunchild. And, she still treasures her special polished agate from Mr. Rinker. She is reminded of it when we pray for your ministry and the children there. She thinks you told her it was from South Dakota, but I can’t remember!

    She gave us a her first real concert yesterday evening, playing “Mary had a Little Lamb” with all down-bows. :) She was so proud!

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    ?

    #49925
    rodger
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    Yes,  the agate is a Fairburn agate from the White River Basin on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  The Fairburns are rare.  Some day, when people realize how special they are (like Strads now) they will be quite valuable.  I found it in the Badlands when I lived there, and it was always one of my treasures.  Something I would never sell, they are almost impossible to find now.  Just google Fairburn Agate.  They are rated as a precious gem stone.

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