Johnny Come Down To Hilo

  • The notes 'high do', 'low la' and 'low so' are all in this song, making it a useful song for practising the extended 'do' pentatonic scale.
  • The rhythm 'tum ti' can be taught with this song.
  • For a challenge, you may like to have students try this song with rhythmic diminution (i.e. making each note worth half its current value). If you do this, rhythms would include, 'tim-ka', 'ti-tika' and 'syncopa'.
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Kodály Analysis:

Johnny Come Down To Hilo Theme: Sea Shanty Games:
Partner: Form: Binary Song Type:
Scale: do Pentatonic CSP: D - F Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: s low l low d finalis r m s l d high Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d high l s ; s d high ; l s m r d finalis ; d r m ; m d l low s low ; s low d ; d m l s ; d d high ; l s m d
Prep: , d high l low s low
Prac: , d high l low s low


Origin: Sailor Song

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