Sweet Betsy from Pike

Beginning syncopation, two part (harmonic echo) refrain, descending octave skip (P8), tonic (I,C) and mediant (iii,Em) arpeggios.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England - tune: "Villikens and His Dinah"
    USA - words: Folk Ballad
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ta | ta/a ta | ta/a ti ti | ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | (ta) ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta (ta) (ta) |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • IntervalsintermediateDo/Mi/So/Do8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, C), Ti\So (M3), So/Do8 (P4), Ti\So\Mi descending mediant (iii, Em), So\Do (P5), Do/Do ascending tonic octave skip (P8), La/Do8\La (m3), Fa\Re (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, two part (harmonic echo) refrain, singing in parts, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, syncopation, vocal slur, octave, tonic (I, C) and mediant (iii, Em) arpeggios
  • Key Words: USA history: Brigham Young; USA geography: world geography: England, Shanghai; Pike, Missouri, California, Salt Lake City, Utah; wide prairie, husband, yoke of Oxen, swam, rivers, peaks, camped, starvation, cholera, slaughter, plateau, sore-footed, repose, gazed, starry night, shouted, whiskey, plain, wagon train, thundering, horde, scared, scalp, adored, wagon-bed, crawl, musket ball, terrible, crash, suspicious, square, inquire, declared, frightened, pawing, steer, alkali, desert, soul, shrank, lurked, fondly, embraced, waist, rooster, cattle, fried bacon, discouraged, wonderfully, suddenly, wonder, Placerville, Hangtown, attended, doggone, chock-full, jealous, obtained, divorce, well-satisfied, shout, lummox (clumsy person); contractions: 'twas (it was), you'll (you will); abbreviations: 'spint (in spite), o'er (over); colloquial slang: injuns (indians), hoss (big man)

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