Go Tell Aunt Rhody Variations

Angela said: Sep 1, 2014
Suzuki Association Member
York Springs, PA
33 posts

Hello Everyone!
In one of my teacher training courses awhile back someone had made mention that they came up with other Rhody Variations. I can’t remember nor can I find it in my notes, on the other ways of playing Rhody. There was another colleague that had come up with different styles and I think their were 3 or 4 other ways. I’m already familiar with the Arabian Rhody but I thought there was a Chinese, Irish, and maybe another one. I’ve been fiddling around trying to figure it out but as of yet can not do so. This other colleague which I can’t remember her name had given a demonstration in class on it. I was hoping someone might remember how it went and could pass the info along to me. A starting note and which notes are flats or sharps and the style (Chinese, Irish, etc.) I should be able to figure it out then from there. Looking forward for some feedback.

Angela Schlessman

Sue Hunt said: Sep 4, 2014
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

I asked this question back in 2007 and the answers were as follows:

Romanian- change C# to C natural
Arabian- keep C# and change B to B flat. Change F# to F natural. Some students sit with their instruments in their laps, tapping gently on the tops in a rhythm similar to the 1st four notes of May song (think “I’m a camel”)
Tennesee- add open E double stops, can also slide fingers
China- one group plays in the key of D while the other plays in key of A
Scotland- one group plays a E drone (or 1 on on D or G) while the other group plays normally
Brazil- pizzicato (rainforest)
Italy- Tarantella Rhody- dotted 8th and 16th

Like you, I’m always looking for new variations.

Mengwei said: Sep 4, 2014
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
120 posts

Jail—cellists move their hand up (up in pitch) a half step and keep the same fingering and open strings. F# becomes G, E becomes F, D string stays D, etc.

As the kids understand more, you can use the different styles of Rhody to talk about the “scales that go with” pieces!

Angela said: Sep 6, 2014
Suzuki Association Member
York Springs, PA
33 posts

Thank you fellow Suzuki-ins out in Cyber World. I knew I could count on you to help me out with my Rhody Variation Question. If anyone comes up with any more variations please feel free to share them.

Angela Schlessman

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 6, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Just went and tagged a handful of Go Tell Aunt Rhody related threads. Try this post: https://suzukiassociation.org/discuss/17909/#c16809

And here’s the Aunt Rhody tagged threads list

P.S. There’s also this blog, with some variation described about three quarters of the way down the page: http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com/2012/01/aunt-rhody-dessert-tastes-sweet.html

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