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Appalachian Music

For K-5 Music Class
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Kaylee Marks

on 24 June 2013

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Transcript of Appalachian Music

Appalachian Music
In the 17th century many immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales came to live in the new land that would be called America.

As the immigrants traveled, they reached a barrier in the land--the Appalachian Mountains. Many immigrants settled near the mountains and developed their own life styles and music.

In 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker discovered the Cumberland Gap--a gap in the Appalachian Mountains. When this gap in Kentucky was discovered, the people could then move further west.
Appalachian songs usually tell
a story. The songs were commonly
used for dancing and passing time.
Listen to this Appalachian song called
"Sourwood Mountain." What instruments
do you hear? What do you notice about
the tempo?
What instruments did you hear?
How would you describe the tempo?
What was the story of this song about?
Instruments
Autoharp Dulcimer Guitar Banjo Mandolin
What do all of these
instruments have in common?
Another style of music that is closely related
to Appalachian music is Bluegrass.

Bluegrass music usually has fewer words than
Appalachian songs, and there are usually more
instrumental solos.

Watch this band perform. What instruments are they playing? How would you describe the tempo?

Point to the performers when you hear a solo!
Let's learn the first song we listened to called "Sourwood Mountain." Here are the lyrics:
Chicken crowin' on Sourwood Mountain
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day
So many pretty girls I can't count them
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day

My true love she lives in Letcher
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day
She won't come and I won't fetch her
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day

My true love lives over the holler
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day
She won’t come and I won’t call her
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day

My true love’s a blue-eyed daisy
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day
If I don’t get her I’ll go crazy
Hey de-ing dang diddle alley day
"Letcher" is a county
in Kentucky. Based on where it is, do you think it is near the Appalachian
Mountains?
Jean Ritchie is a famous American folk singer from Kentucky. She was born in 1922 and grew up singing and playing Appalachian music.

http://www.ket.org/mountainborn/jeanritchie.htm
What instrument is Ms. Jean Ritchie playing?
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