Wednesday, June 29, 2011
syncopated rhythms in cut time
The song for today's lesson is "Gaudeamus Hodie". I learned this song many years ago, but I can't remember where. I think it was in Girl Scouts. I remember singing it in Latin and English. As I recall we sang, "O, be joyful, O, be jubilant, Put your troubles far away" and I forget the rest. It is a really fun round and is good practice with syncopated rhythms. It is notated in 2/2 which makes it easier to read the rhythms. In today's lesson we'll sing the melody with the solfege tone ladder and read the rhythms. If you want a challenge you can write out the melody on staff paper in the bass clef. The song is in A major. Part two is the easiest to notate because it just goes up the scale. Tomorrow's lesson will have the notation so you can check yourself.