Michael Finnigan

Practicing straight and syncopated eight and sixteenth rhythms.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABaC
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ti ri ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ri ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ri ti ri | ti ri ti ri ti ri ti ri |
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi So
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi, Re\Ti, Re\So, So/Ti
  • Musical Elements: notes: eighth, sixteenth, pickup beat
  • Key Words: USA history, St. Patrick's Day, Irish holiday, Irish names, camp song, Scout song, whiskers, chin, grew, poor, again, growing a beard, growing whiskers, fishing, pin, caught, threw, begin, grew fat, grew thin, died; contractions: don't (do not), chinigin (chin again)

Perpetual Song: Michael Finnegan is an example of a boundlessly long song, which can continue with numerous variations until the singer decides (or is forced) to stop. Students will enjoy creating additional verses.


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