Doney Gal

Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6) and the descending minor sixth (m6).

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA, Oklahoma - Cowboy Song*
  • Key: G Major - pentatonic scale
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AB, refrain/verse
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta/a ti ti | ta ta ta | ta ta ta_|_a/a ti ti | ta/ ti ta | syncopation, | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, (_=tie)
  • Pitchesintermediate: Mi So La Do Re Mi So - pentatonic scale
  • IntervalsadvancedSo/Mi8 (M6), Do\Mi (m6), Mi/So (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi8/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So8\Mi8\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P5), So\Mi/So (m3), Mi8/So8\Mi8 (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggios, imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominate (So), which is sympolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Oklahoma; westward expansion, cowboy song, cowboy horse song, life of a cowboy, rain, wind, hail, dogies (young cow), range, break of day, weary, rope, brand, ride, sing, trail: contractions: we're (we are), we'll (we will), he's (he is), it's (it is); abbreviation: drivin' (driving); possessive: cowboy's

* Notated by John Lomax in 1910, from the singing of Louise Henson, San Antonio, Texas

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