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Arkansas Traveler


Extended range, and two ascending tonic arpeggios sung to a fast pace.


Extended range, and two ascending tonic arpeggios sung to a fast pace.

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – music: Colonel Sanford C. ‘Sandy’ Faulkner – words: Arkansas State Committee*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD, A,B, & D include a portions of previous phrases
  • Rhythmadvanced: | ti ri ti ri ti ti | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ti ri |ti ri ti ri ti ti ri | ti ri ti ti ri ti | ti ti ri ti ti ri | ti ti ri ti ti |
  • Pitchesintermediate: so la do re mi fa so la ti do – extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: so/do/mi ascending tonic arpeggio (I, F) do\la (m3), so/do/so/do8 ascending tonic arpeggio omitting the 3rd (mi) – intervals: P4, P5, P4; do8\so (P4), fa\re (m3), re\so (P5), re/so (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, two tonic arpeggios, melodic rhythms
  • Key Words: USA geography: Arkansas, state song, upon, cabin door, fiddled, played by ear, sawed, popular air, roof tree, leaked, waterfall, bother, traveler, a-practicing, a-float, feet, seem to fret, stranger, seems, mend, rainy day, replied, quite, true, patch, fair and bright, good and tight, a-playing, reel, tapped, ground, leathery heel, pain, leaks; contractions: tho’ (though), didn’t (did not), you’d (you would), couldn’t (could not), doesn’t (does not)
  • Recorder: advanced: introducing B flat, improving finger dexterity

* The state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963, the state historical song since 1987. Begins with the same melody as “Baby Bumblebee.”

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