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“SIMPLE GIFTS” – – – 1848 Shaker Dance Tune . . . . Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Mike Lynch . . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO . . . .

August 6, 2016


Simple gifts chord mel blog headerFrom Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” ballet . . .

“Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett.It has endured many inaccurate descriptions. Though often classified as an anonymous Shaker hymn or as a work song, it is better classified as a dance song.The tune was written by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) in 1848. 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.

I did a highly acclaimed fingerpicking arrangement of this song 3 years ago and is found in my Solo Ukulele Instrumentals 2013 fingerpicking collection enlarged edition. . . But more recently, I decided to try it as a Chord/Melody arrangement and discovered it worked incredibly well in that format as well . . . As you may know, Chord/Melody arrangements are…

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