Biddy Biddy

This Jamaican Singing Game is great for:

  • Having fun!
  • Preparing and practising the melodic element 'fa'.
  • Working with the rhythmic element 'syncopa' (semiquaver-quaver-semiquaver / sixteenth note-quarter note-semiquaver).
  • Using to teach about rhythmic diminution and augmentation - where every rhythm is halved (diminution) or doubled (augmentation).

The game can be played with a toy key, an actual key that's no longer needed, or one of the pictures of a key that is included in your download.

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Kodály Analysis:

Biddy Biddy Theme: Multicultural Games: Circle
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: Pentachord CSP: G - B Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s m s ; s d ; d m ; r m f ; f r m ; f r d finalis
Prep: , f
Prac: , f


Origin: Jamaican Folk Song

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