Wimoweh Part 2 – Melodies

Near the village, the peaceful village

Welcome to part two of our African extravaganza! Last time we learned where the word Wimoweh comes from and what it means. We also learned about where the song was composed.

Now we’re going to look at how one player – a soloist – can perform the main melodies. Some parts sound slightly better on a 10 hole harmonica, others work fine on a 4 hole. Purple music is for four hole harmonicas. Orange music is for ten hole harmonicas. A number tells you which hole to play. D is draw (breath in). B is blow (breath out). We’re using harmonicas in the key of C major

Main melody

4B   4D   5B   4D          5B   5D   5B   4D   4B

1B   1D   2B   1D          2B   2D   2B   1D   1B

4D   5B   4D   4B   5B   4D

1D   2B   1D   1B   2B   1D

6B   5B   4D   5B          6B   5D   5B   4D   4B

3B   2B   1D   2B          3B   2D   2B   1D   1B

4D   5B   4D   4B   5B   4D   (6B)

1D   2B   1D   1B   2B   1D   (3B)

The Tarzan call

This part fits the 10 hole harmonica best, but we have picked some notes you can play on a 4 hole harmonica too. The second melody is played as the rhythm part starts again.

3B   6B

1B   3B

5D   6B   5D   5B    3B..3B    3B..3B

2D   3B   2D   2B    3B..3B    3B..3B

(alternative: 2D   3B   2D   2B   1B..1B   2B..1D)

The lion sleeps tonight!

Take a bow. Well done! Now add the melody parts to the rhythm parts with your harmonica group. Practice together and show your friends, family and grown ups what you can do. In part 3 we’ll work out some extra fun parts to finish the job.

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