Mike Moxcey ©2005
No sharps or flats mean this is in the key of C and no time signature means it's in 4/4 time.
Many children's songs are good for practicing new skills such as reading music or trying to figure out melodies by yourself. Try Mary Had a Little Lamb, Frere Jacques, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Ideas for playing Old MacDonald Had A ?
You can go through all the animals on a farm with this one.
Or the animals in a zoo.
You can also do movements instead of sounds:
And you can go inanimate and have balls that bound, marbles that roll, motorcycles that vroom.
a snake goes slither, slither (slide around on the ground)
a frog (or kangaroo or rabbit) goes hop, hop
a bird (or bat) goes flap, flap
a monkey (or cat) can scratch, scratch
a mouse crawls
a fish swims
If you have some other musicians, you can also play Old MacDonald Had a Band and do verses for various instruments which pick a little ditty for their moment in the sun.
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