Riddle Song, The

Instructional formats to foster pattern recognition, expanded pentatonic scale, and intervals most often found in minor tonalities.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABBC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La - expanded pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsbeginners: La/Do (m3), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P4), Mi/So (m3), So\Mi (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, imperfect ending (So), syncopation, pentatonic scale; note: intervals are most common in minor tonalities, giving the tune a minor quality; instructional formats*
  • Key WordsUSA history, riddle, earth science: cherry stone, ring with no end, baby crying, animal science: piping chicken, chicken bone, blooming, rolling, sleeping; abbreviation: cryin' (crying)
  • Recorderintermediate: syncopation, expanded pentatonic scale, melodic rhythm patterns
  • Keyboardintermediate: challenges students to change hand position from G Major to D minor

* Each format includes questions to discover musical patterns.

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