Drunken Sailor

This song works as a partner song with 'O Sinner Man!'

This catchy, age-old favourite is fantastic for teaching:

  • the rhythmic element 'ti-tika' (First section of song.)
  • the rhythmic element 'tim-ka' (Second section of song.)
  • Dorian mode
  • the melodic element 'fi' (sharpened 'fa')
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Kodály Analysis:

Drunken Sailor Theme: Sea Shanty Games:
Partner: Oh Sinner Man Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: Dorian CSP: C - D Age: Middle Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s low l low finalis ti low d r m fi s l Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: m l low ; l low d m ; r s low ; s low ti low r ; m fi s l ; s m r ti low l low finalis ; l low m
Prep: Dorian, ;
MC: Dorian,
Prac: Dorian, ;


Origin: Traditional
Source: My Mini Music Books by David Hooper

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