Orange Roots Lesson 7

 
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Lesson # 7

 
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This week, we learned the real names of our Red Blue and Yellow chords - the names the rest of the music world uses. They are 1, 4 and 5 chords, and we discussed WHY they have number names. We will begin making this transition to help them move into private lessons (all too) soon!

 
We started playing the blue chord in its inversions (which is what we call a chord when it's NOT in root position) today. We used 3 blue counters on the keyboards - putting them on middle C, F and A, (which is actually 2nd inversion) and then jumped the first blue counter up to the next octave C - for the root position version of this triad. Remember, the letter names stay the same, the order is just mixed up!  Here's a quick demo video to help visualize.
 
We did this semester's first Showtime next week on Cockles and Mussels. I love how they love to strut their musical stuff!
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DO is Home

While finding a pitch (out of thin air) through audiation isn't a new thing for our Let's Play Music student, we are now switching it up. We started to find 'fa' and make F home instead of C and now we will make G home, instead of C and F. We are always doing this relative to Middle C to continually reinforce the sound of Middle C and to teach relative pitch.

 

Scale Degrees

Actually numbering the steps of the scale as 'scale degrees' is the first step in transitioning out of calling our primary chords by colors. The Red, Blue, and Yellow chords are respectively the I, IV and V chord (we call em 1, 4, and 5) and they get their chord names because their root is that numbered scale degree within the scale.

 

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Did you know that your little musician has super powers? They really do!!!