Orange Roots #4

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

Bummer that it was a snow day! I'm so excited to teach your kids about Chord Inversions! So they can have a leg up for next week, please check out the video below. And, please, please make sure your child is using the correct fingers listed in the book. Here is the quick video tutorial.


We also should have worked through the F Major Scale--RH fingerings (no stinky pinky) here's a video to help you out

LH broken chords in Cockles and Mussels here's a quick video help


Next week parents come to class and tuition is due.


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 position, 1st 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.

Our Bugs are So Fun Theory Page.pdf


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.

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