Buffalo Gals

  • This traditional American song can be used to teach the rhythmic element 'ti tum' (quaver, dotted crotchet / eighth note, dotted quarter note).

  • This song mentions 'Buffalo' in New York. This can be changed to whatever town or city you live in. It was often changed by the wandering minstrels who sang this song.

This song is also known as 'Lubly Fan'.

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Kodály Analysis:

Buffalo Gals Theme: American Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: C Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l ti d high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: s d ; d r m s l ; l s m ; m s ; s f r ; r l s ; s f r d finalis ; d s ; s d high ; d high ti l s ; s l
Prep: Major,
Prac: Major,


Origin: John Hodges (1821-1891) Published 1844
Source: WaldorfSchoolSongs.com

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