Posted in 4th and 5th Grade, Christmas Activities, Instrument Activities, Uncategorized

Carol of the Bells

5th graders are learning about the song “Carol of the Bells.”  This song is a popular Christmas carol that was originally composed by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1904 and is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk.”  The song is easily recognizable for its four-note ostinato.   We listened to three different versions of the song:

The Trans Siberian Orchestra

Libera (a boys chorus)

The Pentatonix (an a capella group)

We then learned to play the tune on our ukuleles!  Next week we will try it with note reading and xylophones.

Here are the ukulele frets to use to play this song:

A string: 3  2  3  0   (x4)    7  5  7  3    (x4)   12  12  12  10  8    7  7  7  5  3    5  5  5  7  5     3  0  0  0  

E string: 0  2  4  5  7  8  10  12  10  8    (x2)

A string: 3  2  3  0    (x8)

 

 

 

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