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    Default “Juba linnukesed” (“Already the birds”)

    I think everybody in Estonia knows this simple song about springtime. I’m sure that first time I learned it at school when I was about 7, but probably even earlier. The melody is traditional and the words are written about at the beginning of XX century, in 1913., according to some sources.

    My very raw translation of the first verse is something like this: Already the birds sing outside, nice birch trees are soughing on the hillside, snow has melted away, cold winter has passed, children who have lived like in prison, have not walked on the grass for a long time.
    And the ending: /.../ sad hours of winter have passed, spring has arrived.

    Wishing you a bright, warm, and beautiful Spring!

    https://youtu.be/VpOz1Fzb7mU
    Estonian subtitles for those who like to sing along (optional)

    Toomas Rannu
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    Default Re: “Juba linnukesed” (“Already the birds”)

    A very simple but beautiful arrangement, Toomas. Suits your picking style really well.
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Default Re: “Juba linnukesed” (“Already the birds”)

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    A very simple but beautiful arrangement, Toomas. Suits your picking style really well.
    Thank you, John! Simplicity is the point. For its simplicity this song is used in music education. Students in different ages make their first steps on different kind of instruments. This tune is simple but not always easy to play, but so the first steps are...

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