Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Spiritual
First recorded in 1867
Unknown originator

First verse (excerpt):
Michael row de boat ashore, Hallelujah! / Michael boat a gospel boat, Hallelujah! / I wonder where my mudder deh. / See my mudder on de rock gwine home.

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"Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is a African-American spiritual and slave song from the 19th century. The song has been performed by folk bands including The Highwaymen and Peter, Paul and Mary. This song is known of several similar titles including "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore", but should not be confused with the nursery rhyme "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".

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Tips on how to learn this song

This is a short song (only eight bars with the first pickup bar excluded), which therefor can be memorized with relatively little effort. Notice that bar 1 and 4 are identical and also other similarities. A tip is to study the song in standard notation as well (see above), which better reveal similarities in tempo.

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol

KEY

The main presented version of Michael Row the Boat Ashore is played in the key of C.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure)

Tuning overview

Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 100 for the presented version.

Tags: Spiritual