Mardi Gras in New Orleans

This week we turn our attention to New Orleans as people from around the world gather to celebrate Carnival culminating in Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday). Mardi Gras is much more than a just a party, it’s an important part of American culture and has rich history going back centuries to the founding time of the city of New Orleans.

When the Saints Go Marching In

This song is not specifically tied to Mardi Gras, but has become a New Orleans-style jazz standard after being performed and recorded by trumpeter Louis Armstrong–the most famous New Orleanian of all!

Easy Song Challenge Task:

This one is pretty straightforward to play, but be mindful of the long held notes, you’ll need to count!! Get your 10 points by demonstrating your ability to play and count aloud any four measure section of the song.

Print your music here:

When the Saints Go Marching In (Ukulele)
When the Saints Go Marching In (Guitar)
When the Saints Go Marching In (Bass)

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

One of my favorite New Orleans artists, Professor Longhair, brings so much joy to his brand of funky piano-driven gumbo-blues. Check out his whistled solo!

Advanced Song Challenge task:

Alright folks, get your pencil and manuscript paper and start transcribing! Transcribing music is of critical importance to any advancing music student. It helps train your musical ear and develops music analysis skills, too!

Get your 10 points by getting started with your transcribing of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Write down the number of measures (aka “bars”) for one complete song-chorus. For example: the whistled solo in the beginning is one complete cycle through the song’s chord progression. Count those measures!

Counting the measures and outlining the song form is always my first step when transcribing a piece of music. We’ll continue with the next steps in your next lesson!

Good luck!


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