In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we learn the New Year’s Eve classic, “Auld Lang Syne.”
In “Auld Lang Syne” we…
-Play two notes at a time, making small chords to accompany the song
-Use 6 musical notes, C D E F G and A to play simplified version of the C, F and G Major chords.
Auld Lang Syne Follow Up Activities
Just like in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” this is a great arrangement to play as a duet, especially for early learners! One player takes the notes C D E, while the other player takes F G and A. This will make playing the song easier (by minimizing the amount of bells you have to play) AND provide a different kind of challenge by playing the bells with a partner!
If you don’t have any bells, you can instead practice clapping when the bells are supposed to be played. This will help build your child’s sense of rhythm. This song, like most of the songs in the curriculum, is in 4/4 time (meaning 4 quarter notes in a given measure…Ta Ta Ta Ta).
If you want to clap and count along, you would repeat a simple “Clap 2 3 4” throughout the whole song (where the clap lines up with the bells playing in time).
Although we’ve played some chords before, this is one of the first times we’ve played chords along with an actual song. It’s true that the “Wheels on the Bus” from Chapter 3 is very similar in it’s simple chord arrangement, but that song only used 1 bell for each chord.
We’re going to be practice A LOT with chords in the next chapter. We’re also going to learn more about the IV chord (the F Major Chord, Fa La Do) and really dive deep on playing and identifying chords by their sound.
With that in mind, focus in this lesson on just playing the bells, so that your child is more familiar with the chords in their simple 2 note format.
In the next lesson, we’ll start a new chapter of PsP that focuses on a lot the 3 Major chords we played in this song!