Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Advanced syncopation and an extended pentatonic scale, produces a spiritual which is challenging and fun!

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA - Wallis Willis (Choctaw Freedman)
    circa. 1860's - African American Spiritual
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABA - refrain/verse/refrain
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ta/a/a ta | ta/ ti ti ta/ | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti ta ti ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta ta | ti ti ti ti ti ta/ |
  • Pitchesbeginners: So La Do Re Mi So La - extended pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsbeginners: Mi\Do/Mi\Do (M3), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P4), Do.../Mi../So8.. ascending tonic arpeggio with repeated pitches, So8\Mi/So8 (m3), So8\Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: doted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, syncopation, pentatonic scale, tonic arpeggios, two double barlines, refrain/verse/refrain, D.C. al Fine, Fine
  • Key Words: USA history; underground railroad, African American History, USA geography: Choctaw County, Hugo, Oklahoma; Wallis Willis (composer), Jubilee Singers, scared, spiritual, civil rights movement song; world geography: Jordan River (Middle East); chariot, band of angels, Heaven, soul, heavenly, bound, brightest, sins, Jesus, Bible stories
  • Recorderadvanced: playing in F Major (pentatonic scale)syncopation, tonic arpeggio

Partner song"All Night, All Day!"

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