Battle Hymn of the Republic - that patriotic classic and yet another tune that you wont find on "Top of the Pops" :)
Discover how to play dotted quaver/eighth notes, semiquaver/sixteenth notes and become familiar with the signs for minim and crotchet rests
The Sheet Music:
As we continue through Keyboard Series 2 we encounter two new types of notes - the dotted quaver and the semiquaver also known as eighth notes and sixteenth notes.
We again find ourselves in our familiar 4/4 time and thankfully there are no new notes to learn on the keyboard - whew ;)
The right hand movement in this song is pretty straight forward to give us enough brain power to work on our new types of notes and the best way to count them.
Battle Hymn, like so many other songs, is based on just 3 chords, so in the left hand we find ourselves playing our favourite 3 chords that we have encountered so many times before; C, F and G major.
The following are the style and settings choices that I used in the video demonstration. As always, let your own creativity be your guide and develop an interpretation of this song that feels right for you. Music is an interpretive art and so no two interpretations will ever be the same. Let your imagination and creativity run free and have a great time developing your own particular arrangement of this golden oldie.
Style: Military march
Accompaniment: March (071)
Tone/Instrument: Piccolo (160)
Keyboard Intro: 2 bars
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: using accompaniment variation option
Ending: repeat the last phrase 2 or 3 times, slow down final repeat then use keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add dotted quaver and semiquaver notes and minim & crotchet rests to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include the following from previous songs that we have learned:
Time signatures: 3/3, 4/4
Note range: G below middle C to upper E
Key: C major – no sharps or flats
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, minim and crotchet rests, repeat dots
Left hand chords: C F G
I located another lead sheet in the fake book that I am using as a reference for this course that is suitable for the skill level that we have developed so far. It has lots of semiquavers for you to play.
It is that old 70s hit "The Night Chicago Died – Mitch Murray, Peter Callander (1974)" made famous by Paper Lace.
Perhaps it is a song that you would like to add to your repertoire?
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne