Have you ever made something for a student that did not turn out as well as you hoped? Well, that’s what happened to this. One of my younger students loved it, but found the skipping fingers in the first measure difficult. So if you want immediate success, my advice is to give it to an average age beginner who will not get frustrated with the 5 – 3 finger pattern. Luckily my student is the confidant type who told me that with a little practice it would be easy. I did not try it with my preschool students. This is just a reminder to me that a skill that is easily picked up by an 8 or 9-year-old beginner is much harder for a 6-year-old. Skipping fingers are easier if you don’t start with 5-3. The problem with folk songs is that I do not have control of the melody!
This song has quite a vocal range, so for singing, I change the key and start way up in the soprano range. (B flat is a good singing key, starting on the D above treble C.) It is a good song to help children find their head tone.
Afterwards, I played the black key version that I used to play as a child. For children who learn easily by ear, that is a fun option! This is such an appealing folk melody. I changed the verse slightly because my student loves cats. Change if back if you wish.
I hope that this is a piece you can add to your collection of autumn pieces that are fun this time of year!