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Down to the River to Pray


Down to the River to Pray

Pentatonic scale, dotted rhythms, syncopation, and an ascending tonic arpeggio.


Down to the River to Pray

  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Spiritual
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABA
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta | ta ti ti | ti ti ta | ta/a | ta/ ti | syncopation | ti ta ti | syncopation
 | ti ta/ | syncopation
 | ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: beginners: mi so la do re mi so
  • Intervals: intermediate: do/mi (M3), do\la (m3), so\mi/so (m3), la/do (m3), ascending tonic arpeggio do/mi/so, so\re (P4), do\so (P5), so/re (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter, eighth, first and second endings, tied notes, repeat sign (repeat rap: you get to these two dots, you go to those two dots, you get to these two dots, go back to those two dots)
  • Key Words: sacred, down to the river, pray, good old ways, start crown, Good Lord, brothers, sisters, contractions: let’s (let us)

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