New River Train

Syncopation in cut time: on the second quarter of the first beat (ee of 1) and the second half of the first and second beat (& of 1, & of 2) and practicing the perfect fourth (P4).

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 2/2, cut time, also shown in 4/4
  • Form: AaBC
  • Rhythmintermediate*: | ti ri ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta ti ti | ta/a_|_a ta | ti ta ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesbeginners: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: Do/Mi, Mi/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Fa (P4), La\Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation in 2/2 time, tied notes, arpeggio, perfect fourth, vocal slur
  • Key Words: USA history, counting song, counting two-nine, carry, river, train, brought, love, still true, anymore, survive, trix, heaven, Pearly Gate, mine, sacred; contractions: I'm (I am), gonna (going to), can't cannot); abbreviation: ridin' (riding)

* How do the lyric syllables change the beat divisions and rhythms in measures eleven and twelve (11,12)?


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