Intermediate syncopation, pentatonic scale, and
multiple tied notes to promote breath support.
- Grade: Fifth
- Origin: USA – African American Spiritual
- Key: G Major
- Time: 4/4
- Form: ABA – refrain/verse/refrain
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ta ta/a/_|_a/a/a ta | syncopation, (_=tie), | ta ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta/a/a (ta) |
| ta ta ti/ ri ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti/ ri ti/ ri ta/a | syncopation, | ta ta ta/a | ti/ ri ti/ ri ta ti/ ri | syncopation
- Pitches: beginners: So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
- Intervals: intermediate: Do\La (m3), So/Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), La/Do (m3), Mi\So (M6)
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, syncopation, tonic arpeggios, D.C. al Fine, Fine, refrain/verse/refrain, two double barlines
- Key Words: USA history, African American history, sacred, chariot wheel, working, Promised Land, shake her hand, hypocrite, street, teeth, lie; contractions: gonna (going to), ain’t (is not); abbreviations: partic’lar (particular), ’bout (about), shakin’ (shaking); Southern US dialect: yonder (a place down the way), wanta (want to), de (the)
- Recorder: intermediate: tonic arpeggios, long tied notes promote breath support
|Now let me fly,
Now let me fly,
Now let me fly way up high,
Way in the middle of the air.
|1.||Way down yonder in the middle of the field,
See me working at the chariot wheel.
Not so partic’lar ’bout working at the wheel,
But I just want to see how the char’iot feels.
|I got a mother in the Promise Land,
Ain’t gonna stop till I shake her hand.
Not so partic’lar ’bout shakin’ her hand,
But I just wanta get up in de Promise Land.
|3.||Meet that hypocrite on the street
First thing he does is show his teeth.
Next thing he does is to tell a lie
And the best thing to do is to pass him by.
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