Little Boy Blue

Advanced syncopated rhythms, pitches, descending tonic and dominant minor seventh arpeggios will challenge your best readers.

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  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England, 19th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm:  advanced: | ti ti ti ti (ti) ti | ta ti ti (ti) ti |
    ti/ ri ti ti/ ri ti | syncopation, | ti/ ri ti ti ti ri | syncopation, | ta ti ta/ | syncopation
  • Pitchesadvanced: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervalsadvanced: So/Do, Do\La, Do/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, La/FaFa\Re\Ti\So descending dominant minor seventh arpeggio
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; counting eighth notes, dotted eighth syncopation in 6/8 time, tonic and dominant arpeggios
  • Key Words: world geography: England; farming, village, boy, blue, horn, sheep, meadow, cow, corn, haystack 

Little Boy Blue was a hayward in the Middle Ages. One of the responsibilities of the village hayward was to blow his horn to give warning that cattle were invading the crops.


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