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Follow the Drinking Gourd


Follow the Drinking Gourd

Minor tonality with advanced syncopated rhythm patterns.




Follow the Drinking Gourd

  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – African American Spiritual
  • Key: E minor – pitched in G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABA Refrain-Verse-Refrain
  • Rhythm: advanced:  | ti ta/a (ti) ti |
 syncopation | ti ta ta/ ti ti | syncopation | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ta ti ti ti ta |
 syncopation | ta/a/a ti ti | ta ta ti ti ti ti | ta ta ti ta/ | ti ta/ (ta) (ti) ti | syncopation | ta/a/a (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: mi so la ti do re mi
  • Intervals: beginners: la/do\la (m3), mi\do (M3), re\ti (m3), so\mi/so (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter, eighth; syncopated rhythm patterns, D.C. al Fine, Fine
  • Key Words: African American History, Underground Railroad, freeing slaves, drinking gourd (big dipper star constellation

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