A Study in White Keys on the Piano — Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing is a method of music education using color-coded notes, play-along music, and music theory card games to teach complex music theory in its simplest form. Each note has its own visual identity just as it has its unique quality of overtones. Begin your study of complex music theory concepts as you begin piano lessons. You and your teacher will decide the correct fingering, yet all the clues, teaching you complex concepts in their simplest form are throughout the sheet music, play-along music and music theory games.
It isn’t our goal to become sophisticated or classy. Our goal is to learn to sight-read music as if it were a second language. Learning happens best when we are having fun. Most of all, our purpose is to ignite our sleeping brains, by using music as the catalyst, to pull each of us through whatever it is that challenges us. Dyslexia, mental short circuits, and learning differences are no match for Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing. Scales Aren’t Just a Fish thing mingles direct attention to learning styles through the use of music to give students with various learning differences a chance to learn easily while having fun. Songs Included are: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ABC Song Baa Baa Black Sheep The Bear Went Over the Mountain Chipmunks love Peanuts (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) Row Row Row Your Boat Hey Diddle Diddle Rain Rain Go Away Diddle Diddle Dumplin’ My Son John A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track A Frog Went a Courtin’ Hickory Dickory Dock Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be Here We Go Around the Mulberry Bush Anchors Aweigh O’Come Little Children Long Long Ago May Song Old MacDonald Had a Farm Allegro Remember: All the tunes are written in the same key as the violin musicso both instruments can play easily together. Have fun!!
The tunes in this level of the Big Book of Gum Drop Notes are a bit of a challenge. Salmon swim against the current. It is a challenge for them but they are mono-focused. They want to accomplish the task. This is what will be required of us in this level of playing. Using the ‘gumdrop notes’ makes it easier. Almost too easy. It doesn’t seem to be an upstream battle. It isn’t our goal to become sophisticated or classy. Our goal is to learn to sight-read music as if it were a second language. Learning happens best when we are having fun. Most of all, our purpose is to ignite our sleeping brains, by using music as the catalyst, to pull each of us through whatever it is that challenges us. The Gum Drop Notes are an amazing system of color-coded notes structured to teach music theory without our being aware. Included in the Salmon level are Suzuki Piano Songs and fun tunes. The difference is that the Suzuki songs are challenges. They are written in the same key as the Suzuki violin. This way a family can play together and have a wild time. Here are a list of the tunes: Perpetual Motion Doubles Perpetual Motion – Solo Allouette Andantino Ring Around the Rosie Allegretto Animal Fair All the Pretty Little Ponies Happy Birthday Ode to Joy Etude – Solo Etude Doubles Bingo – Solo Bingo with rests
You made it. If you have completed the Big Book of Gum Drop Notes “Pre-twinkle’, ‘Twinkle and Guppy’, and ‘Salmon’, then this is the final level of Book one: ‘The Big Book of Gum Drop Notes – Graduates Level – Piano Sheet Music’. Be sure to have a concert to share your gift. Included in this book are lots of beautiful Minuets and a Gavotte. These are dances. The songs are: ‘Minuet One’ by Bach, ‘Doe a Deer’, ‘Minuet 2’ by Bach, ‘Boom Boom, Ain’t it Great to be Crazy’, ‘Minuet 3’ by Bach, This Old Man, Happy Farmer, America the Beautiful, Gavotte by Gossec. The music is written in the same key as the same title for violin. Include all instruments that play the treble or bass clefs. Gum Drop Notes make it easy to join in and have a concert.
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Some special musicians have special skills making the music they play above and beyond that of others. How do they learn to implement these unique techniques into their music? Not all of us have the opportunity to be exposed to the channels that professional musicians do. In this manual, a number of ‘Secret’ Techniques are discussed. If only a few of these skills are mastered it will raise the bar on the music they play.
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