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"La Bamba," Lyrics, Text Format

Intermediate syncopation, limited range, and uncommon arpeggios: I6(F6), vii (Ed -diminished).



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Mexico – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | (ti) ti ri ti ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti (ta) | ti ti ri ti ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ri ti ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi\Do (M3), Re\Ti (m3), Ti/Re/Fa ascending arpeggio (vii, Ed – diminished), Do\La (m3), La/Re (P4), Mi\Do\La\So descending arpeggio (I6, F6), Ti\So (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter, eighth; repeat signs, first and second endings, syncopation, tonic arpeggio w/sixth, vii arpeggio (diminished)
  • Key Words: world geography: Veracruz, Mexico; popular song from the 1958, Ritchie Valens, Cinco de Mayo

“La Bamba”

Para bailar la bamba
Para bailar la bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia y otra cosita
Y arriba y arriba
Y arriba arriba y arriba ire
Por ti sere, por ti sere.

Bamba bamba,
Bamba bamba,
Bamba bamba,
Bamba bamba,

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