Are you looking to learn this recorder meme based on the hit song by Celine Dion?
Do you want to master a new song and impress students and friends alike?
As a kid, the song My Heart Will Go On got way too popular, too fast.
Then, it came back again in the form of a terrible recorder meme.
Still, it’s a popular request in my classroom for the many years I’ve been teaching, so I decided to cave in and help people with the My Heart Will Go On recorder notes and a brief practice guide.
Let’s dive in!
My Heart Will Go On Recorder Notes
Before we dig into the song itself, let’s look at the notes we need to learn and how to finger them.
You’ll need to know:
Take a look at this chart for how to finger the notes.
For more details on specific notes, check out the dedicated articles linked to the notes above.
The only one not on the chart is the uncommon Bb.
To play the Bb note, you use your thumb on the back, left hand 1 and 3, and right hand first finger on the fourth hole.
Don’t forget to click the link to get more instructions on this note.
All in all, there are quite a few notes here to learn, making this song not for the faint of heart.
But with practice, it’s doable and a lot of fun.
My students work hard to master this song and show off their Celine Dion meme chops to their friends on the Titanic recorder song.
My Heart Will Go On Recorder Sheet Music
This is the sheet music for this power ballad song on the recorder.
Take a look here, and then we’ll break down the song of the year into easy-to-learn steps.
You’ll notice the song is broken down into three distinct sections:
Each section plays differently than the rest, but when it’s put together, it makes a great song.
How To Play My Heart Will Go On – Recorder
It’s time to go into the steps for how to learn this song.
I’ll give audio practice for each step.
Be ready to reference the sheet music above and take note of the different sections.
Remember, when in doubt, slow it down and practice the parts that are hard for you.
Then, gradually speed it up back and put it back together within the greater context of the melody.
You may want to check out this book of pop songs on recorder for more ideas.
The first step is to look at the introduction.
This is the iconic line from the meme video mocking the famous song by Celine in James Cameron’s classic Titanic theme song.
This is the A section in the sheet music above.
The rhythm is the trickiest part of this song.
Start by clapping or reading the rhythm of the tune (it helps to listen to the audio by clicking play below).
Once you’re able to clap or read the rhythm, it’s time to finger along.
Other than the Bb and odd rhythms, it’s not too hard if you slow it down.
Use the audio to help you.
Next up is the verse.
This is actually the easiest section in the entire song.
It’s all stepwise and even avoids the tricky Bb completely.
The hardest part at first seems to be the rhythms.
Dotted quarter notes and eighth notes are complicated at first, but in this case, if you think of the James Horner song, it lines up perfectly.
Here is the audio for this section, labeled as B in the sheet music above.
Here we begin the Chorus, with its beautiful soaring melodies.
If played well, it sounds nice on the recorder.
The rhythms for this section are simple.
The hardest part will be the Bb note and switching to and from it.
Isolate this part by taking the few notes around it and practicing C-Bb-A and A-Bb-C.
As always, use the audio here and follow with the section labeled as C.
#4 Chorus Part 2
The Chorus is long enough you may want to break it into two different parts as I did with the steps here.
But the secret is you don’t need to.
I always tell my students to look for the patterns in music and make your lives easier.
Why relearn something when it’s mostly the same?
If you look at the Chorus and the Chorus part 2 up in the sheet music, you may notice they’re almost exactly the same except for the slightly different ending.
Don’t relearn the whole part; focus on the second ending.
#5 Put It Together
After learning to play each part of the Titanic recorder meme, it’s time to put it together.
Play it slow and focus on getting the rhythms and fingerings right.
After it’s solid, feel free to speed it up, though since the James Horner song is slow, you won’t need to go too fast.
Congrats! You know how to play the Titanic theme on a recorder!
I’m working on my own video walkthrough, but for now, watch this YouTube video if you’d rather learn through video.
Titanic Recorder Meme
All of this started with the classic song from James Cameron’s movie, Titanic.
The song of the year played on the radio constantly in those years before fading away.
Then, a terrible recorder meme brought back its popularity.
Most people find it hilarious (I do as well, to a certain point).
Check out the original in the video.
I’ve provided the My Heart Will Go On recorder notes and practice info to help you learn this fun song.
With some fairly tricky rhythms and the note Bb, this song is somewhat challenging, but with time and practice, you’ll get it.
Use the practice steps, sheet music, and audio to help you master the recorder song and impress people with your playing skills.