He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Syncopation occurring on the second half of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats (the & of 1, 2, and 3) with arpeggios, make this challenging and fun.

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  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA - Traditional Spiritual, cir. 1927*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/a ti ta/ | syncopation, | ti ta ta ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/a/ ti ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervalsintermediate: Mi/So\Mi, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Mi/So, ascending tonic arpeggio, Fa\Re, Re/Fa/La ascending arpeggio, Do/So
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, tied notes syncopation, arpeggios
  • Key Words: sacred, USA history, spiritual, God, whole, world, hands, wind, rain, sun, moon, little bitty baby, brother, everybody; contraction: he's (he has)

* Boatner, Edward (1927). Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. Sunday School Publishing Board, National Baptist Convention.


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