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Happy Birthday



Repeated rhythm patterns, ascending octave skip, and a descending tonic arpeggio w/7th, make this: the most popular song in the word and a seemingly simple tune, quite a challenge.

  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: Patty Hill, Mildred J. Hill circa. 1893
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/a ti/ ri | ta ta ti/ ri  | ta ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: so la ti do re mi fa so (dominant octave)
  • Intervals: advanced: so/so (P8) ascending octave skip, so/do (P4), ti\so, so/re, do\so (P4), la/fa, so\mi\do\ti descending tonic arpeggio w/7th
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth, pickup beat, descending tonic arpeggio w/7th, fermata/bird’s eye, repeated rhythm patterns, ascending octave skip so/so (P8)
  • Key Words: Happy Birthday

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