Good-Bye My Riley O

Syncopated rhythms, tonic and dominate arpeggios, and a dominate octave skip make African American History fun!

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  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: African American Song - Georgia Sea Island Singers
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: staves: ABAC - song: AB verse/refrain
  • Rhythmintermediate: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ | ta/ (ta/) |
  • Pitchesintermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La - pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsintermediate: La/Do, Do/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\So descending dominate octave skip
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: dotted quarter, syncopation fermata, verse/refrain, tonic arpeggio, dominate arpeggio, dominate octave skip
  • Key Words: African American History, Georgia Sea Island Singers, USA history, USA geography, Georgia, South Carolina, coastal plain, Mobile Bay, world geography, Liverpool, London; abbreviation: goin' (going)

Georgia Sea Island Singers: formed in the early 1900's, African Americans performing songs of the Gullah culture - low country region of South Carolina and Georgia, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.

Riley is thought to have been a slave owner who treated his slaves well and was missed when he traveled from his plantation. 


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