“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!

Every Good Bunny Does Flips!

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Lesson 4 Staffs & Clefs

“Granny Vee’s Music House”

Where do music notes live?  Why in a music house, of course!  It’s officially called the GRAND STAFF.

The squiggly symbols in the “music house” below are called “clefs”.   The word “clef” means “key”.  Remember, all houses need a key to enter!  So there is always one at the beginning of music, too.

The  squiggly symbol on the top of the “music house” is the treble clef and it sits on the lines (staff) of the treble staff.  The notes on the treble staff sound higher than the bass notes.

Memory Tip: Both “treble” and “top” start with “t” in their spelling.  The treble’s on the top!

The backwards “c” symbol with the two dots is the bass clef and sits on the lines of the bass staff. The notes on the bass staff sound lower than the treble notes.  Just as the basement of a house is lower, you can remember that the bass notes are lower and on the bottom.  Also, “bass” in music is pronounced like “base” in “basement”.

Memory Tip: Both “bass” and “bottom” start with “b” in their spelling.  The bass is on the bottom!

Together, the treble staff and the bass staff make a “big music house” called the GRAND STAFF.   (“Grand” means “big”.)

ACTIVITY: You can recite the following in a sing-song manner to help you remember this lesson.  When you say “the treble’s on the top” use a high voice.  When you say “and the bass is on the bottom”, use a low voice.

The treble’s on the top and the bass is on the bottom

The treble’s on the top and the bass is on the bottom

Of the Grand Staff, of the Grand Staff

And in the middle, there’s a “C”!

“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)