Key: C Major
Melody: All on white keys and in single notes, except in the intro (sections A and E), where there are couplings of fifths and sixths.
Rhythm: A good study in shuffle feel, since most students will already know this song, the feel should come naturally.
This is another one of those arrangements where if anticipations were to be taken away from the melody, the whole song will sound stilted. I’m again banking on the fact that the student would have already heard this song before and hence, will learn to match what they hear with what they see on paper.
In view of the rhythmic complexity of the right hand melody, the left hand is kept to triadic block chords in different rhythms of whole, half and quarter note durations within the different sections. The most rhythmic of these left hand patterns being the quasi stride pattern in sections A, E and G, where the melodic rhythm is without anticipations and quite straightforward.
Harmony: A repetitive four-chord progression of C, G, Ami and F or I-V-VImi-IV. An interesting D7 at the phrase ending of section F, creating a kind of suspense before “resolving” back into chord I. And the song ends with a Plagal cadence, F to C, chord IV-I. Remarks on left hand arrangement already covered under “Rhythm.”
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