Waltzing Matilda

Beginners syncopation, extended range, tonic and subdominant arpeggios, diminished sixth (d6), and an introduction to Australian vocabulary.

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  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Australia - Banjo Paterson, 1895 - (unofficial National Anthem)
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: Common Time (4/4)
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta | ta ti/ ri ta ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ta | ta ti ti ta (ta) | ta ti/ ri ta ta | syncopation, | ta ti/ ri ta ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta/a |
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do - extended range
  • IntervalsintermediateMi\Do\La descending submediant arpeggio (vi,Bm) Do\So (P4), So/Do/Mi/Soascending tonic arpeggio (I, D), So\Mi (m3), Mi/Do(d6, diminished sixth)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter; syncopation, tonic and submediant arpeggios, diminished sixth (d6), two double barlines, vocal slur, melodic rhythm patterns
  • Key Words: world geography: Australia; Australian vocabulary: swag (portable shelter that is rolled (usually with belongings inside) and carried on a person's back), swagman (temporary worker, who travelled by foot carrying the traditional swag), Matilda (bag carried over one's back), billabong (backwater river branch/stagnant pool), coolibah tree (Eucalyptus tree), billy (pot for boiling water), jumbuck (sheep), tucker bag (lunch/dinner bag), squatter (temporary landlord); holiday: Halloween; grabbed, glee, stowed, mounted, thoroughbred (horse), catch, ghost; contractions: you'll (you will), who's (who is), who'll (who will), you've (you have); abbreviations: camp'd (camped), watch'd (watched)

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