Hold On!

Ascending minor tonic arpeggio, a sharped dominate (Si, which functions as a 7th to the parallel D Major) and an advanced interval Mi/Si, a very distinctive interval in D minor.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual
  • Key: D minor - pitched in F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB - verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti ta |  ti ti ti ti ta/a | ti ti ti ta/a/ | syncopation, | ta ta ta ta | ta ta ta/a | ta ta/a/a | (_ = tied note) | ta/a/a/a_|_a/a/a ta | _ta/a ti ti ti ti | ta/a (ta) ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate: La Do Re Mi So Si La - raised/sharped dominate (Si)
  • Intervalsadvanced: La/Do/Mi ascending minor tonic arpeggio (Dm), Do\La, Mi/Si, Mi/La, So\Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, pitches held for seven and six beats; note the variations in rhythm using the same pitches, measures 2 and 4
  • Key Words: USA history, African American history, African American Spiritual, sacred, work song, Farming with a plow, tire, farming rows, higher and higher, stays, lead, straight, heaven, promised land, contractions: I'll (I will), abbreviation: ev'ry (every)
  • Recorderintermediate: introducing C# and practicing the ascending tonic arpeggio, Dm

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