Pumpkin Eyes

Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay 

Take the classic canon, “Ah Poor Bird”, add new lyrics, and you have the perfect Halloween/October song!   

Teaching Process

Add xylophone on a D minor bordun.

Add some color with percussion instruments on “eyes, “bright”, “creatures”, and “night.”

Prominent melodic elements include the opening la, ti, do and do, re, mi and then the ending do, ti, la.

Rhythmic elements-quarter note, half note, eighth notes.

Add ukulele. The D minor chord is fairly easy because it’s the fingering for F with an added third finger. Play D minor for the entire song.