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Country Roads Take Me Home

country roads take me home

Singer: John Denver
Songwriters: Bill Danoff / John Denver / Taffy Nivert Danoff
Released in : 1971

Flute used for notations : G#

“Country Roads Take Me Home”, likewise referred to just as “Country roads”, is a tune composed by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver about West Virginia. It was delivered as a solo performance by Denver on April 12, 1971. The tune became one of John Denver’s most famous tunes. The tune is viewed as an image of West Virginia.

Its a lovely song to play on flute and other musical instruments.  The following notations in Indian Sargam style is easy to follow as it contains all the shuddh swars.  Just pay attention to the Low Octave notes wherever indicated with a comma (,).  Enjoy!




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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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