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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands



Advanced syncopation, ascending and descending tonic arpeggios, make this challenging and fun.

  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Spiritual, cir. 1927*
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/a ti ta/ | syncopation, | ti ta ta ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/a/ ti ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitchesintermediate: do re mi fa so la
  • Intervals: intermediate: mi/so\mi, so\mi\do descending tonic arpeggio, do/mi/so, ascending tonic arpeggio, fa\re, re/fa/la ascending minor arpeggio, Dm, do/so
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, tied notes and syncopation, arpeggios
  • Key Words: sacred, USA history, spiritual, God, whole, world, hands, wind, rain, sun, moon, little bitty baby, brother, everybody; contraction: he’s (he has)

* Boatner, Edward (1927). Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. Sunday School Publishing Board, National Baptist Convention.

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