Suzuki Song Words

Compiled by Elizabeth Devereux, with special thanks to Amanda Hockenberger for her contributions

Pre-Twinkle Songs

Rest Position Song (to the tune of Twinkle)

Rest position, feet in line

Scroll out front, it’s mighty fine

Check your bridge cause it should be

Peeking out at you and me

Now it’s time to take a bow

Ichi, nee and sahn is how

(ichi, nee, sahn* = one, two, three in Japanese)

*Spellings of Japanese words is phonetic and Anglicized.


Dinosaur Song (not really a song, just a chant accompanied by tapping violin fingers—left hand—against thumb or fingerboard)

Bron-to-saur-us

Steg-o-saur-us

Tyran-no-saur-us Rex

These are the di-no-saurs that I like best!

 

Up Like a Rocket (with a great bow hold)

Up like a rocket

Down like the rain

Back and forth like a choo-choo train

Around my face like the great big sun

Stop at my nose

Curve my pinkie, bend my thumb

 

Monkey Song (can start on open A or E string)

I’m a little monkey

Climbing up a ladder

Climbing way up high to

Pick a pink banana

I’m a little monkey

Climbing down a ladder

Climbing way back down to

Eat my pink banana

 

Dirty Doggie Scrub Scrub

Dirty doggie scrub, scrub

Wash him in the bath tub

Dirty doggie scrub, scrub

 

Dirty Doggie Scrub Scrub-advanced version! (same fingering as Flower Song)

Dirty doggie scrub, scrub

Wash him in the bath tub

Dirty doggie scrub, scrub

Rub-a-dub-a-dub-dub

 

Flower Song

See the pretty flowers

Growing in the garden

See the pretty flowers

Red and green and purple

 

Pirate Song (same fingering as Flower Song)

I’m a little pirate

Sailing in the ocean

I’m a little pirate

Seeking pirate treasure

 

Lizard Song (same fingering as Flower Song)

See the little lizard

Crawling in the garden

See the little lizard

Brown and green and tricky

Twinkle Songs

Dr. Suzuki Song (to tune of all of Twinkle Variation B)

Doctor Suzuki says

Never be lazy but

Practice and practice un-

til you go crazy! For

You know and I know that

Playing’s not easy, but

Practice, more practice makes

Hard spots seem easy, so

Doctor Suzuki says

Never be lazy but

Practice and practice un-

til you go crazy! (ah!)

 

Hiccup Song (to first part of Twinkle Variation B—“bread” part)

My bow has hiccups and

Your bow has hiccups and

Her bow has hiccups and

His bow has hiccups, HIC!

Book 1 Songs

This is My Violin (to the tune of Lightly Row)

This is my violin

This is where I put my chin

E-A-D-G are the four strings

And the F holes let it ring

Here’s the front and here’s the back

If I drop it, it might crack

So I hold it close beside me

Rest position you now see

(repeat)

Button here, tailpiece there

Bridge and fingerboard right here

Pegs help keep my strings in tune the

Peg box holds the pegs firmly

Mr. Scroll is dressed his best

Looking down at all the rest

Here’s the bow and now I’ll show a

play position, 1-2-3

 

Star Light, Star Bright (to tune of Go Tell Aunt Rhody)

Star light, star bright

First star I see tonight

Star light, star bright

First star I see tonight

Shining above us, up above us

Shining above us in the sky

Star light, star bright

First star I see tonight

Star light, star bright

First star I see tonight

 

O Come, Little Children

Oh come, little children, Oh come, one and all

Let’s join hands together, both big ones and small

We’ll form one large circle and stand nice and tall

We’ll sing out with joy, listen to our great call!

 

May Song

I’m so happy now that it’s May

All the flowers blooming

Go outside and hear all the birds

Twitter, twitter up in the trees

I’m so happy now that it’s May

All the flowers blooming

 

Wake Up, Shake Up (to tune of Allegro)

Wake up, shake up, take off your pajamas

Eat your breakfast, time to go to school

Wake up, shake up, take off your pajamas

Eat your breakfast, time to go to school

I don’t want to, I’m so tired

I just want to sleep some more…

Wake up, shake up, take off your pajamas

Eat your breakfast, time to go to school

 

Allegretto

Down a path in the woods the three bears’ cottage stood

Down a path in the woods the three bears’ cottage stood

On a hot summer day in the woods far away

The three bears, they went out for a walk

First the big Papa Bear right behind Mama Bear

And at last right behind came the small Baby Bear

On a hot summer day in the woods far away

The three bears, they went out for a walk

 

Andantino

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

I don’t want to go to bed now

I am not so very sleepy…

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

Brush your teeth, wash your face, go to bed NOW

 

Henrietta Popoletta (to tune of Etude)

Henrietta Popoletta

Had a special friend, her name was

Wilhemina Windowcleaner

She had brought along her football

Henrietta Popoletta

Picked it up and threw it back to

Wilhemina Windowcleaner

And it crashed right through the window

Mother came right down the stairs and

Called to Father, Father came right

Down the stairs and quickly picked up

Henrietta Popoletta

Picked her up and scolded her and

Sent her off to bed!

 

Minuet 1

J. S. Bach had twenty kids

Boy, that’s a lot!

He lived in a country

called Germany and

wrote lots of songs there

(repeat)

Jo-hann Sebastian Bach

played the organ and harpsichord

he played the violin and he played the

viola too.

Bach wrote a lot

of music that

we love to play.

Minuet One is so very fun so,

thank you, J.S. Bach

(repeat)

 

Minuet 2

I like strawberries and blueberries

I like strawberries and blueberries

Mangoes and papayas and bananas are yummy too!

I like strawberries and blueberries

I like strawberries and blueberries

Once in a while I like to eat some

strawberry ice cream pie!

(repeat)

Fruit is good but I like ice cream too

I like lots of flavored ice cream too

Lots of different flavored ice cream like

Chocolate ice cream pie with a spoon!

I love to eat it, you love to eat it

We love to eat ice cream in a cone,

cookie dough, rocky road,

but to be healthier…

I like strawberries and blueberries

I like strawberries and blueberries

Once in a while I like to eat some

strawberry ice cream pie!

 

Two Grenadiers, Book 2 (double ups/downs on all chocolates)

It’s chocolate that I like to eat

Yes chocolate chocolate ice cream

Oh give me some chocolate

I like chocolate

Give me some chocolate candy

Yes, chocolate is my favorite flavor

Let’s go to the store and buy some


4 responses to “Suzuki Song Words

  1. Awesome words to Minuet 1!

  2. Thanks so much!
    As a ‘suzuki mom’ I really needed these :)

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