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MUSIC IS NOW IN COLOR!



T is a new way to learn music using COLORS.

T is easy.
T is fun.
T is good for everyone!

Are you ready?
Let's go!

There are seven COLORS of the rainbow.

They are:
RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, and PURPLE .

There are seven TONES.

They are:
DO, RE, MI, FA, SO, LA, and TI .

You can hold the mouse over the tones or COLORS to hear them.
You might have to wait a little bit the first time for each tone.

(Sorry, right now this only seems to work with the Apple Quicktime
plugin installed. You also have to allow active content from this page.
Don't worry. Nothing bad will come into your computer.)


Now let's play a song.
Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star is a classic favorite.
You can start at the top left and follow the snake of notes.
Each circle is a note. One note is one beat.
Each beat gets the same amount of time.

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star



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Was that fun?
You can try it as many times as you like.

Did you see the black note?
That's to hold a note for an extra beat
before moving on to the next one.

Now let's try another song.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat



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Wasn't that fun?

The best way to sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat
is in a group as a round. Make four groups.
The first group starts singing "Row, Row, row your boat"
Then the second group starts from the beginning.
Then the third and then the fourth.
It sounds great when all four groups keep singing
the song over and over again together.
You can try it with your classmates.

Did you see the red note with a line through it?
Red notes are always DO. If you listen to the two different
DOs, they have the same tone, but the second one has
a higher pitch.

You can try them together.

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T uses scientific pitch notation.
The seven notes we started with are all in the same octave.
Octave is kind of a strange name.
Octo means eight, but there are only seven notes. Hmm.
When we practice the color tones, we usually go from
DO to DO so linking to the next octave makes eight.
Think of the octaves as one octopus after another,
each linking one arm to the next octopus.
The basic octave is called C4. The line is called DEL.
DO with DEL is one octave higher so it is in C5.

Here is the C4 octave from DO to DO.

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DO with DEL is the beginning of the C5 octave.

Let's try another song.
You can start at the arrow and trace the figure eight.

Jesus Loves Me

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Did you see the MI with a copyright symbol (©) and the small RE?

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A © note gets an extra half of a beat.
A small note only gets half of a beat.