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In our Start Reading session block, we proved that it's easy to read music. We learned the 3 E's [low, middle, high] and played some simple exercises. Our music notation page is always available, for reference. In this last session block of Multiply, we will learn the lines of the staff.
We can remember the line names with 'Every Good Bird Does Fly'.We already know the first line, Middle E.
When we play just the lines, we are skipping the spaces. Line to line = every other note in the alphabet. This is also how we build chords [EON]. If we considered line 1-5 as a chord, it is an E minor 7 chord [E-G-B-D], with F on the top. The F is a flat 2 to an E and is a little tense. Yet, we do have an Em7 chord made from lines 1-4. Good to know.
Our New NotesMiddle G = Line 2 = 3 string open; Middle B = Line 3 = 2 string open; High D = Line 4 = 2 string, fret 3; High F = Line 5 = 1 string, fret 1, top line.
High FThe High F is one of the easiest notes to remember for students. It just seems like playing it on string 1, fret 1 is the right way to play the top line.
Play these 5 tones while saying the following [go through each point for all 5]:
- Note-tone name - EGBDF
- Note-head location [line and the corresponding number].
- String/fret combination
- All of the above - play middle E repeatedly while saying: this is middle E, it's the first line of the staff, the bottom line, played on the 4th string, fret 2.
Resources: Harmonic Palette • Flat Major Sub System If we look at this group of chords through the lens of C Major, we can describe some of them as non-diatonic chords in two main classes: flat Majors and secondary Dominants.