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California Song, The



A descending tonic arpeggio and an ascending five note tonic arpeggio extends the vocal range in the pentatonic scale.

  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/2 counted in 4/4
  • Form: AB verse/refrain
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta ta ti ti ti ti | ta ta ta ta | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ta | ta/a ta/a | ta/a/a ta | ta/a/a ti ti | ti ti ta ta ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: so do re mi so la – pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsadvanced: mi/so, so\mi/so, so\re/so, do\so, so/do/mi/so8/do8 ascending tonic arpeggio, do8\la, so/do8, so8\mi\do\so descending tonic arpeggio, do8\mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, ascending and descending arpeggios, 2/2 counted in 4/4, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: USA geography, Sacramento, CA, Sacramento River, USA gold rush, gold mining, journey, promised land, golden ore, shore, thar (there), whar (where), iron bar, spade, pick, lumps, brick, heave a sigh, bye and bye, shed, patiently, expect, coarsest, fare, wolves, howl, mountains, heigh, Frisco (San Francisco)

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