Mr. Frog Went Courtin’

Advanced syncopation on the second quarter of the first and second beats (ee of 1 and 2) and the fourth quarter of the second beat, descending vi7 arpeggio (Dm7), and mastering the ascending P4, So/Do.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ti ti ti ri ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti | ta (ti) ti | syncopation, | ta (ti) ti ri |
    syncopation, | ti ti ta | ti ri ti ti ti ri | syncopation
    | ti ri ti ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do La Do Re Mi So La - pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsintermediate: So/Do (x5), Mi\Do\La\So8 descending (vi7) arpeggio (Dm7), Do/Mi/So8 ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (F), So\Mi, Do\La
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, syncopation: on the second quarter of the first and second beat (ee of 1, ee of 2), the and of the second beat (& of 2), the fourth quarter of the second beat (uh of 4), vocal slur, quarter beat rhythm variations matching verse syllables
  • Key Words: USA history, courting song, Mr. Frog, Miss Mouse, hall, knock, loud call, knee, marry me, blushed, hung, head, Uncle Rat, next, rode, town,niece, wedding gown; abbreviation: courtin' (courting)

Students will enjoy discovering how and where the beats are divided/counted, and rhythm chanted, to match the syllables in the fourth verse: "Uncle Rat."

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