Rock-a My Soul

Advanced syncopation, two natural accidentals, tonic and supertonic arpeggios, chromatic minor seconds, and a blue note.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABA - chorus/verse/chorus
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ti ti ta ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ta ti ta | syncopation, | ta/a ti ti ta | ta/a/a ta | ta ta ta ti ti | ti ti ta ta/a |  ta ta ti ti ti ti | ta ta ta/a | ta ta ta ta |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Me Mi Fa So La Te Do - lowered/natural mediant (3, Me), lowered/natural leading tone (7, Te), blue note
  • Intervalsintermediate: Mi\Do (M3), Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, D), Fa\Re (m3), Re/Fa/La ascending supertonic arpeggio (ii, Em), Do/So (P5), So/Te\So (m3), So/Do8 (P4), Do8\La (m3), So\Mi/So (m3), So\Re/So (P4), Re/Me/Mi (chromatic m2's)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slurs, D.C. al Fine, Fine; chorus/verse/chorus, accidentals: natural sign, two double bar lines, ascending chromatic steps, supertonic and tonic arpeggios, blue notelowered leading tone
  • Key Words: USA history, African American history, sacred, Bible story, judgement day, valley, bosom, pray, soul, peace, sun shines, cloudiest; abbreviations: ev'rything (everything), pray'r (prayer)
  • Recorderadvanced: introducing F#, syncopation, natural sign, tonic and supertonic arpeggios (I-D, ii-Em), blue notelowered leading tone

Partner song"This Train"


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