5. Purple Belt

"Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"

Practice this song at home:

Practice this song on your recorder. When you're ready, play it during or after class to earn your purple belt. Take your time and practice slowly. Use the track to keep your tempo steady.


  • The first and third lines are exactly the same!
  • Cover the low E and D holes carefully with the pads of your fingers
  • Take a breath by each breath mark

New note: F Sharp

An F Sharp is played with your left hand in a "G" position, but your right middle and ring fingers covering the holes. Look at the fingering chart to the right:

New symbol: Sharp

A sharp looks like a number sign (or hashtag) in front of a note. A sharp raises the pitch of a note. In this song, the F note is changed to an F sharp because the sharp symbol is in front of it.

Watch the video if you need extra help. Print the PDF if you want a paper copy:

Purple Belt - Jolly Old St Nicholas PDF.pdf