In this episode we learn about the F Major Chord. This is the third Major Chord we’ve learned so far. If you recall from Chapter 1, we learn that the C Major Chord (Do Mi Sol) on a three-colored slide. In this episode, we learn the C Major chord in a similar fashion.
In the “Fa La Do Slide” we…
-Sing and play with the green, purple and high red bell
-Learn that the F Major Chord has three notes, F A C (Fa La do)
-Play the chord up and down (F A C, C A F) and with the numbers 6 4 8, and 6 8 4
-Play two notes together in harmony (F and A, then A and C)
-Play all three notes together in harmony
-Learn why sometimes call the F Major chord the four (IV) chord
Fa La Do Slide
The chord slide episodes are all about hearing the notes of a chord individually and then together! They’re also about seeing the three notes together and memorizing this specific combination of notes.
We’ll get more into the difference between playing chords melodically (one note at time) and harmonically (all together) in later chapters.
If you have bells at home, you can play a little guessing game.
Put up a little barrier you can hide the bells behind
Explain that you’ll be playing the notes of the F chord in different orders
Then hide the bells behind the barrier, mix up the order, and then play the bells in that order. Then ask your learner if they can figure out what order the bells are in?
We will play a similar game in the next lesson with the G chord.
If you don’t have bells at home, you can ask your child about the details of the F chord (as outlined in the bullets above).
There’s also a “What Note Is It?” listening game in this section that features the notes of the F Major Chord.
In the next lesson, we’ll review the G Chord (which we learned back in Chapter 3) in a very similar fashion to this week’s F Chord Slide.