Practicing straight and syncopated eight and sixteenth rhythms.
- Grade: Fourth
- Origin: USA – Folk Song
- Key: G Major
- Time: 2/4
- Form: ABaC
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ri ti ti ti | syncopation,
| ti ti ti ri ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti |
| ti ti ti ri ti ri | ti ri ti ri ti ri ti ri |
- Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi So
- Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi, Re\Ti, Re\So, So/Ti
- Musical Elements: notes: eighth, sixteenth, pickup beat
- Key Words: USA history, St. Patrick’s Day, Irish holiday, Irish names, camp song, Scout song, whiskers, chin, grew, poor, again, growing a beard, growing whiskers, fishing, pin, caught, threw, begin, grew fat, grew thin, died; contractions: don’t (do not), chinigin (chin again)
Perpetual Song: Michael Finnegan is an example of an unboundedly long song, which can continue with numerous variations until the singer decides (or is forced) to stop. Students will enjoy creating their own verses.
|1.||There was an old man named Michael Finnigan,
He grew whiskers on his chinigin,
But they grew out and they grew in again
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again..
|There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He went fishing with a pin-again
Caught a fish and threw it in again
Poor old Michael Finnigan! Begin again…
|3.||There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
He grew fat and then grew thin-again
Then he died and had to begin again
Poor old Michael Finnigan! Don’t begin again!