Orange Roots Lesson 4

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Lesson # 4

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We started working on chord inversions this week - that's fancy music-speak for mixed up chords. Use a red crayon to make a small mark on the notes used in the red chord and inversions (crayon will be able to rub off easily when we're done. Alternatively, you could use post-it tabs or something similar). This will help them easily jump from inversion to inversion. Starting on Middle C, put 6 red stickers on your keyboard at home as shown on Lesson 4 of your student manual. The stickers should be placed on middle C, middle E, middle G and treble C (the C above middle C), treble E and treble G. Please, please make sure your child is using the correct fingers listed in the book. Here is a quick video tutorial.


Here are a few pieces of additional info:
  • F Major Scale--RH fingerings (pinky is on vacation) here's a video help if you see the need
  • eighth and sixteenth note distinction - remember that 8th notes have a single bar, and are counted 1 +, and 16th notes have 2 bars
  • parents attend next week
  • 2nd set of rhythm flashcards can be unbanded this week
  • LH broken chords in Cockles and Mussels here's a quick video help
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Inversions/Mixed Paint

We actually HAVE played our yellow and blue chords in inversions--we just didn't realize it. We are now ready to take a root position chord and 'invert' it. This just means re-arranging the pieces. The chord is still CEG, but C moves to the top, then the E moves to the top, then the G and you are in root position again. We will play Old Paint in a new 'Mixed' up way to help us hear that it's still a red chord no matter matter if it is in root position1st inversion or 2nd inversion. No matter what the shape or order is, it just has to retain the same 'pieces' (in this case C-E-G) for it to be a red (C) chord.

Click on the video link above to make sure you are setting up your red stickers correctly to be able to play this song with ease.

New World Symphony

Our Let's Play Music students have created harmony in many different ways in 1st and 2nd year. Now in 3rd year we have the unique opportunity to play as an ensemble in class to produce harmony and a much fuller sound than they can accomplish playing by themselves. By listening to the CD, the children are provided the opportunity to model and to audiate the music in their heads as they practice.

Our Bugs are So Fun! (new verse)

A few of our songs from our purple CD have upgraded to our orange CD--with some new lyrics! The new verse in 'Our Bugs are So Fun!' will help us to learn to count those tricky 'beamed' rhythms that include eighth notes and sixteenths notes! If counting in this new way seems tricky, I have attached a parent help that dissects the lyrics to Our Bugs are So Fun! with visual examples and simple explanations to help.

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Check out this young group of musicians experiencing the value of playing as an ensemble. Your student will recognize this piece as our very own Largo from New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak.