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This Land is Your Land

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This Land is Your Land

Repeated rhythm patterns, resting on the down beat, and an ascending tonic arpeggio.

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This Land is Your Land

  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Woody Guthrie 1912-1967
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: staves: ABCD (repeat) – song: Aa
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | (ta) ta ta ta | ta/a ta/a | (ta) ti ti ta ta | ta ta/a ta | ta/ ti ta ta | ta/a/a/a |
  • Pitches: beginners: so ti do re mi fa
  • Intervals: intermediate: fa\do (P4), mi\so (M6), ascending tonic arpeggio do/mi/so (M3/m3), 
 re\ti/re (m3), ti\so/ti (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, repeated rhythm patterns, resting on the down beat, D. C. al Fine, Fine
  • Key Words: USA geography, New York, California, Gulf Stream, highway, sky-way, golden valley, roamed, rambled, diamond deserts, footsteps, sparkling sands, strolling, wheat fields, dust clouds, fog, chanting, freedom highway

WRITTEN AS A PARODY TO IRVING BERLIN’S “GOD BLESS AMERICA,” WHICH WOODY GUTHRIE, THE COMPOSER, DID NOT BELIEVE REPRESENTED THE AMERICA HE HAD SEEN WHILE HITCHHIKING DURING 1940.


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