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This Old Man

An English language children's song, counting and nursery rhyme.

PUBLISHED: Jul 30, 2014 • UPDATED: Jul 30, 2014 • VIEWS: 1 • LESSON CODE: UL583

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: melodyTABbeginnerchildrens

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This Old Man is an English language children's song, counting and nursery rhyme

Presented here in two keys. The key of C Major in the open position and the key of D Major in position II.

This is a simple melody that can be used as a reference fingering and position with the Playing by Ear series of lessons.

Melody Roadmap

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  • The melody is entirely taken from a major scale.
Lyrics

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played nine,
He played knick-knack on my spine;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played ten,
He played knick-knack once again;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.


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This Old Man - Ukulele Melody
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Reference melody in standard music notation and TAB, in C Major and D Major for use with the Play By Ear lessons series.


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Song Road Map

Tips and tricks for remembering a song.

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.


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