The Tempest. 3: Full fathom five

Tutorial 3: 'Full fathom five'

Tutorial: 'Full fathom five'

Key timings in the tutorial are:

00 00: Listening to the opening section of the song to become familiar with the slow, jazzy style and mood.
01 44: Learning the first four lines, beginning: 'Full fathom five, thy father lies...' Noting that the opening phrase only has two notes. Listening to Carrie sing then repeating with the choir.
06 44: Learning the next four lines, also beginning: 'Full fathom five, thy father lies...' starting with the third line ('And of his bones are corals made...')
08 40: Learning the ending of the song, beginning: 'And now all that remains...' Noting the change in rhythm.
09 49: Trying to add some vocal ad-libbing to the final section of the song, following the example of the song vocalist.
11 33: Standing up to sing 'Full fathom five' all the way through, including the ad-libbing at the end.

The story

Episode 3 of the story: Prospero and Ariel tour the island to check on those who have been washed ashore


Prospero puts on his 'invisibility cloak' and goes with Ariel to inspect the island. On one side the courtiers have been washed up - Alonso, Antonio, Sebastian and Gonzalo - and they're bickering about who's in charge. Alonso - who lent his army to Antonio to overthrow Prospero - fears that his son, Ferdinand, must have drowned in the shipwreck.

Ariel and Prospero go to another beach, where they find Trinculo (a jester) and Stephano (a butler) who've been washed ashore with a barrel of wine and are drunk. Then they find Ferdinand - who has not drowned - and Prospero instructs Ariel to 'put him through the wringer a bit'.

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Song: 'Full fathom five'

Song 3: Full fathom five (vocal)
Song 3: Full fathom five (backing)

Learn the song 'Full fathom five' - based on the famous song from Shakespeare's original play.

Once you have learnt the song singing with vocal version you can polish your performance singing with just the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music: Mariah Carey ad-libs at the start of 'Always be my baby'

Ad libs - an extract from 'Always be my baby' by Mariah Carey

Listen to Mariah Carey ad-libbing at the start of ‘Always be my baby’.

  • Compare and contrast this with some other examples of singers ad-libbing.


Song 3 - tutorial transcript
Song 3 - lyrics
Song 3 - music
Episode 3 - story transcript
Teacher's Notes
Pupils' pamphlet
Carrie's vocal warm-up
Meet the characters
The playscript
Music / SFX for playscript

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