The Blues and Our Harvest Song.

This is the last Blues/Born in the USA lesson. Next Week is Project Week.

Rehearse the 12 Bar Blues Pattern:

Cccc Cccc Cccc Cccc Ffff Ffff Cccc Cccc Gggg Ffff Cccc Cccc. Notice that the first note of each 4 isplayed more strongly. It is the first beat of the Bar.

A “Walking Blues Bass line” has many challenges.

C e g a A# (Bb) a g e C e g a Bb a g e, F a c d D# d c a C e g a Bb a g e, G b d e,

F a c d, C e g a Bb a g e .

Please remember to make a beautiful open, ringing sound – by allowing the Chime to vibrate.

You will notice that the later versions of the 12 Bar Blues (after 1934) may end not on the home Key (C – tonic) but on the dominant (G).

We are REHEARSING for our Harvest Assembly.

Watch our for the opening rhythms (the starting words) of each line. They are not always the same in each verse- these are called ANACRUSIS.

Harvest Shanty

The Wellerman (Multi Instrumental Cover)

There once was a harvest festival 

To gather foodstuffs for the community

So bring them up, and put them down

They go to the stage, they go! 

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

Rice and corn and beets and cheese,

All you can give will make us pleased 

Potatoes, pears, and salt and peas

On to the stage they go!

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

Self-cleaning products welcome too,

Toothbrush, shower gel and shampoo

Nappies and paper for the loo

To the food bank  we will  go.

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

The farmers sow, then reap the corn

They start their day first thing at dawn

There’s maize and wheat as well as corn

Onto the stage they go!

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we c an, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

Cans and tins and packets there are

To help out people not too far

Could be a bottle, could be a jar

To the food bank  we will  go.

INTRUMENTAL

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

Our thanks to you for sharing well

Of your kindness, we will tell

With shop-bought stuff and things that grow

To the food bank  we will  go.

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

INSTRUMENTAL 

Beans, cake, some cabbages, ham,

And bring some sugar and tea and spam,

Today, when we’ve got all we can, 

To the food bank  we will  go.

Last verse – tambourines only 

Where next? We could think about:

Can You take the lead in a performance?
• Can You take on a solo part?
• Can You provide rhythmic support? Tuned and Untuned percussion.
• Can You perform parts from memory?

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