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Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6) and the descending minor sixth (m6), with ascending and descending  tonic arpeggios in the pentatonic scale.

imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominant (so), which is symbolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy

 

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Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6) and the descending minor sixth (m6), with ascending and descending  tonic arpeggios in the pentatonic scale.

imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominant (so), which is symbolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA, Oklahoma – Cowboy Song*
  • Key: G Major – pentatonic scale
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AB, refrain/verse
  • Rhythmbeginners: | ta/a ti ti | ta ta ta | ta ta ta_|_a/a ti ti | ta/ ti ta | ta/ ti ti ti | (_=tie)
  • Pitchesintermediate: mi so la do re mi so – pentatonic scale
  • Intervalsadvanced: so/mi8 (M6), do\mi (m6), mi/so (m3), la/do (m3), do/mi8/so8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), so8\mi8\do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), do\la (m3), so/do (P5), so\mi/so (m3), mi8/so8\mi8 (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggios, imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominant (so), which is symbolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Oklahoma; westward expansion, cowboy song, cowboy horse song, life of a cowboy, rain, wind, hail, dogies (young cow), range, break of day, weary, rope, brand, ride, sing, trail: contractions: we’re (we are), we’ll (we will), he’s (he is), it’s (it is); abbreviation: drivin’ (driving); possessive: cowboy’s

* Notated by John Lomax in 1910, from the singing of Louise Henson, San Antonio, Texas


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