Hello! Ma Baby

Syncopation, ascending tonic arpeggio with added seventh (I7, F7), and sharped tonic (Di).

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Ida Emerson, Joseph E. Howard (1899)
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: staves: ABaC - song: AB
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ti ta ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a/a | ta/a/a (ta) | ta ta ta ta | ti ti ta/a ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: La Do Di Re Mi Fa So La Ti - raised/sharp tonic (Di)
  • Intervalsintermediate: Re\La (P4), La/Mi (P5), Re\Di (m2)Di/Mi (m3), Re/So (P4), So\Do (P5), Do/Mi/So/Ti ascending tonic arpeggio w/seventh (I7, F7) Do/Mi (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; syncopation, melodic rhythm patterns, raised/sharp tonic (Di)
  • Key WordsUSA history, Tin Pan Alley, first song about the telephone, long distance courting/romance, ragtime, refuse; contractions: heart's (heart is), you'll (you will), you're (you are)
  • Recorderintermediate: introducing Bb and F#

The song's subject is a man who has a girlfriend he knows only through the telephone. Better know for the chorus which is represented here. Introductory song in the famous Warner Bros. cartoon "One Froggy Evening" (1955), sung by the character later dubbed Michigan J. Frog

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