“The Musical Bunny” Book

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How did the Musical Bunny make sweet harmony from this mess of notes?

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A cute little poem that teaches basic music theory

including quarter notes to whole notes, treble and bass clefs, words such as melody, harmony, rhythm, and cacophony!

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Lesson 3 Music Notes

We read and write words using the alphabet.  We read and write music using “notes”.

The different types of notes show musicians how long to make a sound.

Can you sing your ABC letter song just through “g” then stop?  When you sing it, notice that you sing each letter for the same amount of time until you sing “g”.   The sound “g” is longer, twice as long, as the letters “a-f” in your alphabet song.

In music, this would be written using quarter notes and a half note for “g”.

THE QUARTER NOTE

The quarter note looks like a big black foot on a  skinny leg.  Think of the quarter note as a “foot” note that marches to the beat!

Each quarter note takes one beat, just as each letter “a-f” takes one beat when you sing your ABCs.

QUARTER NOTE = ONE BEAT

HALF NOTE = TWO BEATS

THE HALF NOTE

The “g” in the ABC song is sung twice as long as any other letter and would be shown as a half note.  Use your imagination and it looks a little like a raindrop.  It gets two beats as when you say “rain-drop”.  A raindrop falls and goes “ker-plunk!”

REMEMBER:

QUARTER NOTE = ONE BEAT

HALF NOTE = TWO BEATS

PS:  There are other types of notes that we will learn about later.

ACTIVITY:

HALF NOTE ACTIVITY:  Clap your hands while you say these words.  But ONLY clap when you say “drip” or “ker”.  NEVER clap on “drop” or “plunk”.

Drip-drop, drip-drop, drip-drop, ker-plunk!

Drip-drop, drip-drop, drip-drop, ker-plunk!

QUARTER NOTE:

Do you know how to march?  Marching to the beat, each step is taken on a beat.

Hup-2-3-4!  Hup-2-3-4!

“Boogie Woogie”

For this little jazzy exercise, hit only thumbs and pinkies on every beat (each syllable = one beat).

Use chart below for example in “C” Position.  Thumbs and pinkies start on yellow.  Always keep three white keys between your thumbs and pinkies.

Use only the middle fingers whenever you say “UP DOWN”.  Take the middle finger “UP” to the black Eb key (red on the chart below) and then slide it off to E (blugreen on the chart) on “DOWN”.

Play with one hand at a time, then see if you can play with both hands.

HOLD = 4 beats.

“Boogie Woogie” in Key of “C”

in “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Again in “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Move hands so left pinkie is on “F” and right thumb is on “F”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me.

Move hands up one key so left pinkie is on “G” and right thumb is on “G”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN, HOLD!

Move hands back so left pinkie is on “F” and right thumb is on “F”

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN, HOLD!

Move both hands back to “C” Position

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie UP DOWN

Boo-gie with me. (End with Bb,B,C)