March 21, 2017

31 Days of Rhythm: Drumming Playalong to Wavin' Flag


*This is a repost of a blog that I posted on my old website on April 22, 2013.  This is why STAAR dates, etc. do not line up with this year.  It's okay.  This is good stuff here...*




Summer is coming SOON and we are about to embark on our last round of STAAR testing.  The kids are antsy.  So are the teachers.  So, what better to do than drum?

Last week, my 3rd-5th grade classes started doing various World Music Drumming exercises along with a really cool drum playalong that I made up to go with the song, "Wavin' Flag."  If you would like to use it with your kids, go ahead.  However, if you choose to share it with others, please give me credit. :)





In listening to the recording you will hear this form:   Intro /A/ transition /B...

For further guidance, here are some cues for each section:

Intro: This is obvious.  It is short.
A: Begins with "Ohhh Ohhh Oh Ooo Ohhhh Ohhh Ohhh Oh"
Transition: Begins with "Singing forever young..."
B: Begins with "When I get older..."

Here's what you play:

A:    TOP SIDE SIDE SIDE :||    The rhythm is | | | | .  You can say "boom click click click" as a guide or even just say "top side side side."
            
(Top of drum and sides of drum, with your hands OR sticks.  Sticks are always better!)

Transition: Click sticks in the air on the upbeats.

B: TOP TOP CLICK REST:||    The rhythm is | | | z  .  This will sound like the playalong to "We Will Rock You."

You do NOT need drumsticks to play this!  I only have the students use sticks on my Remo tubanos.  Our djembes, doumbeks, etc. have too thin of a drum head to tolerate sticks, so those students use their hands and slap the sides of their drum or clap their hands in the air.  It should be the same motions, just with sticks or no sticks.  Then, allow the students a chance to switch so that everyone gets to experience using the sticks.

The version of Wavin' Flag that works best is "Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix)."

HAVE FUN!

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