Also known as Monsieur Banjo and Mister Banjo, this short proto-ragtime traditional Creole song from New Orleans is incredibly rhythmic. Students will get to work on changing hand positions, using the thumb to play two white keys simultaneously, accents, staccato, and of course, syncopation! Pete Seeger sang a version of this piece in 1961, and it was sung as a part of the official celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by tenor George Shirley.
Key: C Major
Mood: sassy, energetic, amused
Pedagogy: changing hand positions, accent, staccato, syncopation