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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

An English language nursery rhyme, and a popular children's song

PUBLISHED: Jul 30, 2014 • UPDATED: Feb 8, 2020 • VIEWS: 8 • LESSON CODE: UL584

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: beginnermelodyTAB

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat is an English language nursery rhyme, and a popular children's song, often sung as a round.


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

Melody Road Map

1 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 4 5
R up M2

The melody is entirely taken from a major scale.

The second phrase is a descending major triad arpeggio from the octave to the root with each melody note a triplet.

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

Lyrics

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see an alligator,
Don’t forget to scream.
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Throw your teacher overboard
And listen to her scream.

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat - 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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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G.


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