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Sur le Pont d'Avignon 






About the song

Avignon is a town in the south of France. It has a big river and an old bridge.
The bridge doesn't go all the way across because a long time ago most of it
collapsed and fell into the river. It was actually washed away in a flood, but
most people think it broke because too many people were dancing on it! 

French children sing it at school and sometimes dance to it.
Here are the words and instructions: 

Sur le Pont d'Avignon (Mama Lisa's World).

How to play it on the recorder!

Stuff to learn
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Time signature


Key signature

Look at the start of the music to check the clef, key signature and time signature:


- It's a treble clef so it should be OK for a descant recorder.

- The key signature has a sharp on the top line. This means all the Fs are F#s.

- The time signature is 'four four', so there are 4 beats in each bar.

There are also some instructions in Italian (musical instructions are often in Italian):


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D.C. stands for 'da capo' which means 'go back to the beginning'

'al Fine' means 'until the end'

Sur le Pont d'Avignon B 2.png

'Fine' just means 'finish' - the end of the piece.

So...when you get to the end of the 3rd line you go back to the beginning, play the first two lines again and stop at the end of the 2nd one. Writing it like this saves space.


Video tutorial

Now go back to Book 2 and try it with the backing track.

Try using 'Notaion C' - without the letters!

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