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Chapter Four : First Melodies

Just for fun!!

Exercise #1 – Beginning on high C play the scale of C+ descending while singing …Joy to the world, the Lord has come C, B, AG, F, E, D, C.

Exercise #2 – Beginning on G play the scale descending while singing Away in a manger no crib for a bedG, G, FE,E, D, C, C, B, A ,G.    Good, you’re getting the idea.

Now let’s take it further.
To this point we have learned the sound of a major scale, and the rise and fall of the pitch as the keys are played in succession. You might like to review the do, re, mi song in chapter two. Now let’s use that “sound-in-our-head” to play our first piece.   Most songs will begin on the 1st, 3rd, or the fifth note of the scale…which are do, mi and so

Let’s begin with an old country tune “Streets of Laredo”. I’m going to start you off and then you can go from there. It starts on G (so).

Here we go. Keeping  the sound of the C major scale in your mind, play the following…..G, G, F, E, F, G, _?, _, _, _, _, (low) Try to follow the rhythm (it’s in 3/4 time)….if you can’t do that yet, keep all the beats the same length. &/1_ 2_ 3_/1_ 2_ 3_ etc.

“Streets of Laredo” as sung by Marty Robbins
As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day
I spied a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen
All wrapped in white linen and cold as the clay

I’m sure you’ve realized that much of this melody is a simple succession of notes, rising and falling, much the same as the major scale formula (sound).

Now let’s try: “Love me Tender”. Again in the Key of C+, begin again on G (so)… G,C (high C) B, C, D, A, _?, _, _, _, _, C etc. ( in 4/4 time) 1, 2,3,4/ 1,2,3,4

“Love me Tender” by Elvis Presley
Love me tender love me sweet
Never let me go.
You have made my life complete
And I love you so.

I know you did well on this chapter and it’s all starting to make sense!

If you are ready , we will add the left hand in the next chapter. If you feel you aren’t… .you might want to do some more reviewing??

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