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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 4, Song 4

The Merry Little Sandpiper

The Merry Little Sandpiper


The sandpiper, like its name indicates, is frequently found where there is sand. They live at beaches all over North America and they tend to travel in flocks of a few dozen to over 100. They are much smaller than seagulls and can often be seen running very quickly along the shore.

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Sound: This piece includes the pitches C, D, and E in the lower register. You can find the fingerings here.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Rhythm: Your time signature is four-four time, which means that there are four beats in a measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat.
The Merry Little Sandpiper introduces whole notes. Make sure to play the whole notes for 4 full beats. Using Talking MetronomeBot will help you.
This song also uses quarter notes and half notes.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Four

Melody: This piece consists of 4, four-measure phrases. Make sure to breathe where it is marked. At the end of each phrase you will have to cut the whole note a little bit short to breathe, but make sure to begin the next note right on beat one.


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