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#59743 - 06/20/12 01:33 PM Chords for beginning students
Joyful Offline
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Some of my teen students (and younger) are getting into more chords, mainly in supplemental music.

They are all doing well on their scales (many in the Scales Boot Camp book which is AWESOME!!) and I want to give them some theory pages that help with naming/constructing/recognizing chords.

Any help is appreciated - thank you!!!!!

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#59790 - 06/22/12 09:19 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Joyful]
Joyful Offline
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Thought I'd try again and bump this up to see if anyone had any sites they could recomment?! smile Thank you!

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#59796 - 06/23/12 07:24 AM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Joyful]
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This website has quite a few free printable worksheets: http://www.practicespot.com/theorycenter.phtml?t=59 Hopefully, you can find some on the level you want.

They could also practice chords in online games at http://teoria.com/exercises/index.php

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#59801 - 06/23/12 12:23 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: MelodyT]
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Thank you Melody! I shall try those sites!

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#59804 - 06/23/12 03:43 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Joyful]
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Favorite games for this:

Musical Spoons: Triads
Scale Scramble
Flashy Fingers

All from TCW Resources. Each game can be adjusted to the student's level.

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#59817 - 06/24/12 02:12 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: SillyString]
Arlene Steffen Offline
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Sometimes triad inversions can be tricky for students to understand -- a C triad is a C triad, no matter which position it's in.

I came up with a new way to demonstrate it this past week. I pulled out a quarter, a dime and a nickel. I laid them out on the bench in that order and asked the student to add up the amount. When he gave me the answer, I moved the coins around so they were in a different order, I asked the student to add up the coins again. He looked at me funny and said, "It's still 40 cents! You didn't change any of the coins."

That's how triads work. You might put the notes in a different order, but if it's the same three pitches, it's still the same triad.

He really got it.

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#59818 - 06/24/12 02:30 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Arlene Steffen]
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I like that Arlene! I'll have to remember that! smile
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#59819 - 06/24/12 04:35 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Arlene Steffen]
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Cool idea, Arlene!
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#59820 - 06/24/12 04:37 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Q88keys]
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Thanks! Just came off the top of my head, like so many things in my teaching. I score way off the chart for intuition on personality type indicators. Anyone else in that category?

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#59821 - 06/24/12 06:50 PM Re: Chords for beginning students [Re: Arlene Steffen]
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I don't know about that, but I did off the top of my head come up with a totally cool (totally unrelated to this discussion) idea for what the second note of a 2-note slur should feel like last week. Could also be used for a wrist float-off...

Do you remember the old childhood trick of standing in a doorway with arms handing down at the sides with loose wrists that you press against the doorframe for 15 seconds? For those not in the know, when you release the pressure and step forward the arms miraculously float up to shoulder level. 45 years later, blush this was still totally amazing and enjoyable. grin And let me add I will never have to explain the sensation of a 2-note slur again to the lucky science experiments, none of whom had heard about this and all wanted to immediately go home and alert their friends! cool

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