Arkansas Traveler

Advanced syncopation, extended range, and two ascending tonic arpeggios sung to a fast pace.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - music: Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner - words: Arkansas State Committee*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD, A,B, & D include a portions of previous phrases
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ti ri ti ri ti ti | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ri | ti ri ti ri ti ti ri | ti ri ti ti ri ti | syncopation, | ti ti ri ti ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ri ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do - extended range
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do/Mi ascending tonic arpeggio (I, F) Do\La (m3), So/Do/So/Do8 ascending tonic arpeggio omitting the 3rd (Mi) - intervals: P4, P5, P4; Do8\So (P4), Fa\Re (m3), Re\So (P5), Re/So (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, syncopation, two tonic arpeggios, melodic rhythms
  • Key Words: USA geography: Arkansas, state song, upon, cabin door, fiddled, played by ear, sawed, popular air, roof tree, leaked, waterfall, bother, traveler, a-practicing, a-float, feet, seem to fret, stranger, seems, mend, rainy day, replied, quite, true, patch, fair and bright, good and tight, a-playing, reel, tapped, ground, leathery heel, pain, leaks; contractions: tho' (though), didn't (did not), you'd (you would), couldn't (could not), doesn't (does not)
  • Recorder: advanced: introducing B flat, improving finger dexterity

* The state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963, the state historical song since 1987. Begins with the same melody as "Baby Bumblebee."


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