I Ride an Old Paint

Intermediate syncopation, melodic rhythm patterns, and a cowboy's vocabulary lesson.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Cowboy Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: phrases: ABb - song: AB, verse/chorus
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta/ ti ta | syncopation, | ti ta/ (ti) ti | syncopation, ta/a ti ti | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta | ta ta ti ti |
  • Pitchesbeginners: So La Ti Do Re Mi
  • Intervalsbeginners: So/Do (P4), Do\La (m3), So/Re (P5), Do/Mi (M3), Ti\So/Ti (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, vocal slur, syncopation, melodic rhythm patterns, verse/chorus
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Montana; westward expansion, cowboy life, cowboy vocabulary, herding song, Paint, lead, Dan, hoolihan, coulees, draw, mated, raw, doggies, fiery, snuffy, raring to go, daughter, son, college, killed, wife, poolroom, fight, singing, die, saddle, pony, stall, bones, west, prairie; contraction: we'll (we will) abbreviation: Montan' (Montana), mornin' (morning)
  • RecorderintermediateExcellent follow-up to the Beginning Recorder Songs!

Cattle herding songs subdued the stock and provided entertainment around the campfire.

Cowboy vocabulary

Paint: two toned (colored) breed of horse
Dan: breed of quarter horse
coulee(or coulée): deep steep-sided ravine formed by erosion
draw: small natural depression where water drains;
a shallow gully
hoolihan:fast overhand rope throw with an open loop
used to catch a horse in a corral
doggies: motherless calves.
fiery/snuffy nervous, skittish cattle that want to break
away from the herd


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