What will happen when you use the other combinations of the keys to play?
You played a melody in major in the previous lesson, and remember you started at the key of E.
What will happen if you start at F instead?
The order of the keys is like below;
FEDE FFF_ EEE_ FAA_ FEDE FFFF EEFE D_
I believe you feel the difference between the melodies in major and minor now more than before.
Of course, expressions of the music are complicatedly connected not only by major or minor but also the pitch, tempo (speed of the music), tone, dynamics, rhythm, and many more kinds of musical elements.
You can hear the ”Mary had a little lamb" melody in the different pitch. Is this in major or minor?
Let's play a melody in major key
You have learned about the music in major and minor in the previous lesson. Today, let's try to play the melody of the "Mary had a little lamb" song in major. You have a virtual xylophone below.
Now, you can see the other kind of names of the notes written by alphabets on this movie and the virtual xylophone.
Names of the notes in the Alphabet is what musicians call musical notation or ABC notation. These are the common letter names for specific note frequencies and where they fit on the staff. Do re mi are solfege notes which help train ears to better hear pitch relationships and intervals.
In case if you are familiar to use Do Re Mi, just convert like below so far;
Do=C, Re=D, Mi=E, Fa=F, So(Sol)=G, La=A, Ti(Si)=B
*C means the C on the left side colored by violet for this song.
What is major and minor in music?
In western music, you often recognize there are two different kinds of music like you can hear in the following movies.
The first music is "major" and the second one is "minor".
How can you describe each of major an d minor music?
Review of the previous lesson
You had rhythm training in the previous lesson, please try this once again. This is a preparation for moving on to the next step.
As you know, it is getting faster little by little in this music (you can make sure with the "line rider" video in lesson 4).
Now, can you make your handclapping faster? Let's try!
Did you make them all?
So, please go back to the previous lesson and try to clap your hands with the "line rider" movie. Have fun and Happy Halloween!
Feel like Halloween?
This is "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Let's enjoy listening to music at first!
In this video, you can hear the main melody in the music of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" played by the sound of the bassoon. Please try to catch up the rhythm with hand clapping.
Please try to memorize this rhythm pattern, and this song will be continued in the next lesson!
La Ti Do Re Mi
This is a melody from one of the very famous singing training book "Fifty Lessons for the Voice" by Giuseppe Concone.
Listen to the first movie and then go to the second one. You can practice tis melody phrase by phrase with that.
You don't have to care about the "Do-Re-Mi" so far, Just try to sing with "la-la-la" or any kind of vowels.
Could you recognize this melody is starting with Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So, then move up to La-Ti-Do-Re-Mi?
How it follows Do Re Mi Fa So?
You have learned "Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So" in the previous lesson, and I know so many people know about how it follows So... it is like this; Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do.
Some of you would feel this scale is too simple, however, you can enjoy this with nice harmonies, please try to hum or sing in Do-Re-Mi with this movie.
You will hear the first note (Do) at first, and then you can start singing after 4 beats.
Ti or Si?
I am wondering if some of you might have a question about how you call the name of the notes like Ti or Si.
Both Ti and Si are correct. I know some of the people prefer to say "Sol" instead of "So" (actually I do!), and this is also correct. I need so many lines to explain why these are all correct, it would a kind of complicated... in the future, you could have some opportunities to learn about it, however, you can choose your preferred one for now.
Do you know what is "solfege"?
You would get the answer if you search on internet like this; the study of singing and musicianship using solmization syllables.
Uuum... how do you think? It sounds not so exciting.?
Don't worry, you can learn solfege through some simple melodies and it must be fun, moreover, you can get very important skill as a musician! So, let's get started!
Do Re Mi Fa So
Let's sing "Kogitsune Song (こぎつね)″
This song is originally from German, however, it is also popular in Japan.
If you never heard this song before, go to these links before you start to sing with the movie at here.
Kogitsune kon kon,
Yama no naka, yama no naka
Kusa no mi tsubushite okesho shitari,
Momiji no kanzashi, tsuge no kushi.
Kogitsune kon kon,
Ana no naka, ana no naka.
Ookina shippo wa jama niwa narushi,
Kokubi wo kashigete kangaeru.