Day 1 – Reading Piano Sheet Music – the A Note and Keys

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Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

Getting started

First things first!!

Put tape on your keys.  I know I know

No complaints.

Try to stick with me on this and you might be able to ride over some of the tripping hazards and short circuits that cause the ‘pause’ in a study and then the ‘quit’ that eventually comes.

This is unconventional, I realize.  But we don’t all learn the same way, and many of us have actually built invisible walls that will stop us in our tracks.

The Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing method claims to ‘go in the backdoor of learning’ where no traps have been established.

I use labels.  I color them while they are still on the backing paper and then just put them on the key.

It doesn’t damage anything.

Run with me on this.

You will have fun…learn a ton…quickly…..and accurately.

Reading Sheet Music

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Know Your A Notes and Keys Sheet Music

Practice this until you can play it with the play-along

Next week: Know Your B Notes and Keys Sheet Music

The Revolving Door

Hi my name is Carol Anderson.  Thanks for signing up for the free series of sheet music and thoughts on the study of music.  This the first in your series of newsletters for Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing.  We are getting ready to start a great study of music.  But, actually, what I am going to talk about will help anyone who is getting ready to study just about anything.

To ensure you have the tacky glue that it takes to stick to the commitment to learn an instrument, there are a few things we need to talk about.  If for no other reason than to give you an awareness of what can become a tripping hazard as you get into your studies.

Are you in the cycle of the revolving door?  I guess that sounds like a strange question.  So what is a revolving door?  You may not  like this, but  I would like to ask you a few questions,  I think after answering them, you will discover for yourself what I am talking about.

Here goes.

Do you take vitamins, every day?

Do you juice, or exercise, every day?

What about New Year’s resolutions?

Do you keep them?  If you decided, with real intention and determination, to take your vitamins and exercise every day, would you?

For how long?

It isn’t the failure of music lessons that make us quit.  It is the revolving door that we are so used to being controlled by.  Moving through the difficult road blocks and curves of learning anything new is something that each of us has to master.

Learning something new requires two steps.  First, accommodation of the information.  That means that our minds just stick it all in.  They take all the information they are given and just find room in your brain for it.  Then comes assimilation.  That is the purging and cleaning up of the information.  If you already know it…., then it gets thrown away.

If you don’t believe it, again it is discarded.

In the end, when you strip away all the extra parts of how we process information, it gets down to what choices we have made.  So let’s talk about choices.

Here is a question for you.  Is choice a personal preference that we simply shrug our shoulders and act on, or, does the choice we make actually have a power over us.  Can our choices actually change our thinking?

Closing our eyes, holding our breath and hoping that we  have chosen the right path definitely isn’t enough.

Remember:

a goal without action

is only a hope.

 

I am going to discuss a study that was done that shows how important it is to make a commitment and stick to it, no matter what that commitment might be.

But for now, I hope everyone will like and share this video.  Please check out the kindle books and the paperback  books available to make the study of music into a passion.

Until next time ignite your sleeping brains with ‘Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing’. Try the Kindle or paperback sheet music on Amazon.com

 

Digital and Zip File  – Downloads to print

for your own use.

1 – Study cards

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Downloadable ‘Symbols Study Cards’ 

Study Symbols Cards - Digital
Study Symbols Cards - Digital
The symbols study cards are the start to building a strong foundation of knowledge on little step at a time. Reviewing cards that hold on the answers and weekly removing a small part of the information is a way of embedding knowledge and insuring success with the pat on the back of success. The students will know the answers. They will be nurtured not tested.

(don’t overlook this step.  It provides success in the following weeks with the games.  Great for the right brained student and the visual learner.)

2 – Symbols with Symbols

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Downloadable ‘Symbols with Symbols’ 

Symbols with Symbols Card Game - Downloadable PDF
Symbols with Symbols Card Game - Downloadable PDF
Match musical symbols with the same symbol. This is the first of a series of 'Ten Minute Music Theory Games'. Match the symbol with the same symbol. Play a game of 'Go Fish' or 'Memory'. In class, simply present the shapes of the symbols without too much detail.

Simply match the symbol with the

symbol.  Lots of suggested games.

Display symbols memory Here’s what you get

3 – Symbols with names

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Downloadable ‘Symbols with Name’ 

Symbols with Names Downloadable zip
Symbols with Names Downloadable zip
Match the symbols with their name. One game "Snap" is suggested. It's fun and fast and requires attention to what others are doing as well as what you can do. What would normally throw someone into a tizzy out of frustration is overcome by competition with self and others. Download the zip file and print as often as you like. Make as many sets of cards as you need for your own personal use. Not for resale.

4 – Symbols with Rests of equal value

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Downloadable ‘Symbols with Rests of Equal Value’ 

 

Symbols with Rests of Equal Value
Symbols with Rests of Equal Value
Download a zip file of the symbols and their matching rests. This game includes clue cards that give all the answers. Print as often as you like (not for resale - thanks)

5 – Cover the card

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Downloadable ‘Cover the Card’

 

Symbols - Cover the Boards
Symbols - Cover the Boards
Four Cards of Musical Symbols, Rests, and names of both. Pick a playing card from a pile in the center of the players. Cover the symbol of the name card or the name of the symbol card. First to get the board or boards covered wins.

6 – Bingo – Tic Tac Toe

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Bingo heres what you getThis is what is included in the download

Downloadable ‘Bingo or Tic Tac Toe’

Musical Symbols Tic Tac Toe/Bingo
Musical Symbols Tic Tac Toe/Bingo
This is a Digital Download of a card game of Tic Tac Toe and Bingo with large boards. Each card has 9 symbols on it. When the symbol is called by someone who calls the symbols as he picks the key card from a central pile, place a marker on the symbol.The first to cover their card wins.

7 – Hierarchy of Notes and Note Exchange

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Downloadable ‘Heirarchy of Notes’

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Hierarchy of Notes and Rests - Digital
Hierarchy of Notes and Rests - Digital
Digital - Measure Up and the Note Exchange are a great game for learning how notes relate to one another and make a measure.

 

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The games are digital downloads, print a sheet for your students to take home.  Make a number of cards for a group lesson

(no mass production, no free downloads or resale please – thanks)

Any questions: carolanderson@scalesarentjustafishthing.com

Students of music need to be aware of what is going on around them.

The games  require the student to multi-focus on what they are doing as well as what others are doing.

A little competition adds to the fun.

Print the cards and make multiple games.

Laminate them.

(not for resale – thanks)

 

Here is a way to mentally ‘download and embed’ information immediately giving an understanding of the ‘bit of information’ you are trying to learn.

***  Visual learners need to see in order to process the information.

***  Auditory learners need to hear the instruction to process it.

***  Kinesthetic learners need to do it, touch it, experience it to process it.

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing

does it all.

Throughout the sheet music you will find little hints about the way we process information.

Whether playing the piano, violin or cello we start with the very basic information.  Once that is embedded in our thinking and muscles, we move onto the next layer of information.

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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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Are you looking for quick and lasting results when you start music lessons?

Here is a way to mentally ‘download and embed’ information immediately giving an understanding of the ‘bit of information’ you are trying to learn.