Simple Gifts

This is an online fiddle lesson for the gospel song "Simple Gifts."

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Genre: Gospel
Skill Level: Beginner
Key of D

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Video #1: Here is a video of my daughters and me playing and singing "Simple Gifts."

 

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"Simple Gifts" is a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett.  Brackett, a lifelong resident of Maine, first joined the Shakers at Gorham, Maine, when his father's farm helped to form the nucleus of a new Shaker settlement. The song was largely unknown outside Shaker communities until Aaron Copland used its melody for the score of Martha Graham's ballet Appalachian Spring, first performed in 1944. Copland used "Simple Gifts" a second time in 1950 in his first set of Old American Songs for voice and piano, which was later orchestrated.

source: wikipedia

Simple Gifts

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
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This topic contains 10 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 11 months ago.

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Happy Thanksgiving!  Here is a good, old Shaker hymn that reminds me to be thankful for the simple things in life.

    Simple Gifts

    #43457
    fran h
    fran h
    Participant

    most excellent. My violin teacher has picked Simple Gifts for her students to perform all together at our Christmas recital. She gave it to us in G.  I will try and record it and post it. I will definitely  show her ya’lls version.

    #43458
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

    Thanks you…I enjoyed that!

    #43471

    Joe
    Participant

    Ok I printed this out to play and I guess I need to watch Johns lesson video so I can get the tune in my head. I keep wanting to play Lord of the Dance. Very similar songs.

    #43474
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Thank ya’ll, that was simply beautiful!

    #43483

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks! Fran, record it for the Lion’s Den if you get a chance!

    #43492
    cricket
    cricket
    Participant

    Really nice!

    #43557

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    This is one of my Mom’s favorite songs. After my Christmas performances, I’ll have to learn it for her. Thank you for the lesson!

    #43568

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I love it too. Can’t wait to hear you play it!

    #43670
    John Flud
    John Flud
    Member

    Hey thanks so much for teaching this piece.you and your girls were wonderful. John flud

    #43677

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks John!

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