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Acres of Clams

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Contrasting a vocal slur with tied notes, extending the vocal range with ascending and descending tonic arpeggios. Carrying over through the mid-phrase rest will strengthen breath control.

  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song, attributed to Francis D. Henry cir. 1874
  • Key: E flat Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AaBa – eight measure phrases
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta | ta ta/a | ta (ta) ta | ta/a/a |
  • Pitchesintermediate: so la do re mi so la ti do – extended vocal range
  • Intervals: intermediate: so/do, do/mi, do/mi/so ascending tonic arpeggio, so\mi\do descending tonic arpeggio, mi\la, do8\so\mi descending tonic arpeggio
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggio
  • Key Words: USA geography – Puget Sound, Washington, Salish Sea, USA western expansion, gold mining, prospecting, cradled, frequently, tunneled, wealthy, hundreds, digging, sure, grub, blanket, tools, morning, shank, country, ambition, laugh, condition, surrounded, acres, clams; abbreviation: hydraulic’d (hydraulic-ed); contraction: I’ve (I have)

Same tune as “Old Rosin the Beau” cir. 1830’s, and “Lay of the Old Settler.”

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