On Top of Old Smoky

Developing breath control for six measure phrases while singing a full ascending tonic arpeggio, and a subdominant arpeggio; arpeggios suggest chord progressions.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Ballad
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: rhythm: ABAb - pitches: ABaC - song AB
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ta | ta ta/a_|_a/a ta | ta/a/a_|_a/a ta | ta/a ti ti | (_=tie)
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Do
  • Intervalsintermediate: Do/Mi/So/Do8 ascending tonic (I) arpeggio D, Do\La\Fa descending subdominant (IV) arpeggio G, So\Do (P5), So\Re (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, first and third staves end on the leading tone for the phrase ending pitch, distinguishing between a M3 Do\La and a m3 So\Re, tonic and subdominant arpeggios, song chord progression: I-IV-I-V7-I, six measure phrases
  • Key Words: USA history, mountain song, mountain ballad, snow covered, true love, courtin' (courting), pleasure, partin' (parting), false-hearted, worse, thief, rob, crave, lead, grave, decay, dust, boy, hundred, poor girl, trust, hug, kiss, lies, cross-ties, railroad, stars, sky

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