Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6)
and the descending minor sixth (m6).
- Grade: Fifth
- Origin: USA, Oklahoma – Cowboy Song*
- Key: G Major – pentatonic scale
- Time: 3/4
- Form: AB, refrain/verse
- Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a ti ti | ta ta ta |
| ta ta ta_|_a/a ti ti | ta/ ti ta | syncopation,
| ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, (_=tie)
- Pitches: intermediate: Mi So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
- Intervals: advanced: So/Mi8 (M6), Do\Mi (m6), Mi/So (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi8/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So8\Mi8\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P5), So\Mi/So (m3), Mi8/So8\Mi8 (m3)
- Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggios, imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominate (So), which is sympolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy
- Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Oklahoma; westward expansion, cowboy song, cowboy horse song, life of a cowboy, rain, wind, hail, dogies (young cow), range, break of day, weary, rope, brand, ride, sing, trail: contractions: we’re (we are), we’ll (we will), he’s (he is), it’s (it is); abbreviation: drivin’ (driving); possessive: cowboy’s
*Notated by John Lomax in 1910, from the singing of Louise Henson, San Antonio, Texas
|We’re alone, Doney Gal, in the wind and hail,
Gotta drive those dogies down the trail.
|1.||We’ll ride the range from sun to sun,
For a cowboy’s work is never done,
He’s up and gone at the break of day,
Drivin’ the dogies on their weary way.
|A cowboy’s life is a weary thing,
For it’s rope and brand and ride and sing:
Yes, day or night in the rain or hail,
He’ll stay with his dogies out on the trail.