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    I know what we are doing in music at the moment starts a bit pointless, but it will be useful in the long run – trust me! I thought I would put some notes on this page, to help with revision etc.

    MELODY is the technical word for tune. That’s literally all it means.

    HARMONY is the technical word for the other parts that go with the tune. So if you were on the piano, and were using the right hand and left hand, (assuming that the right hand was playing the tune), the left hand would be playing harmony.

    So, one of our homework’s was to write a chord pattern, using chords 1,6/2,4,5

    This is the scale of C major, and then you can work out what chords to use, so:

    C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C

    And then you can write the chords underneath.

    C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C

    1    2   3   4    5   6    7   8

    So, we can work out that chord 1 is C, chord 6 is A/chord 2 is D chord 4 is F and chord 5 is G.

    Every chord is made up of notes 1,3 and 5 of it’s scale.  So, we can also work out that chord 1 (C) is made up of the notes C, E, and G.

    # = sharp sign          b = flat sign

    Chord 6, we know is A, so we write the scale of A to work it out.

    A    B   #C    D    E   #F   #G    A  

    1    2      3     4    5      6      7     8

    So we know a chord of A, is A, #C, and E

    OR, Chord 2, which we know is D, so we need to write the scale of D to work it out.

    D    E   #F    G    A    B   #C    D

    1    2      3     4    5     6     7     8

    So the chord of D, is D, #F, and A.

    Now we come to chord 4, which is F, so we write the scale of F:

    F    G    A    bB    C    D    E    F

    1     2    3     4      5     6    7    8  

    So, our F chord is F, A and C.

    Finally we come to chord 5, which is G, so:

    G    A    B    C    D    E   #F    G

    1     2     3    4    5     6     7     8

    So we know our G chord is G, B, and D.

    I hope this helps you understand how chords work.

    Today, Mrs Bower’s group were looking at ‘number machines’ and shorthand for them. 

    We can think of any rule e.g.  +3, -1.

    We can then think of any number, and use those rules on it, so take 10 for example.

    10 + 3 = 13

    13 – 1 = 12

    Then you can sequence it, so: 10 —+3–>13–-1–>12

    The shorthand for this, is 10 –> 13 –> 12.

    You can also use letters to represent any number, and they give you a good idea of how to do the sum. Take ‘a’ for example. Let’s say that ‘a’ can represent any number, but for now, just take 5 and 6. So,  first we do the same just using ‘a’.

    a —+3–>(a+3)–-1–>(a+3)-1

    Then we can do it with 5 and 10, and the letters show us what to do. So in shorthand, 5 will be:


    and 10 will be:


    This is not the only way of doing the sum, because as you can see, 10 –>12, 5–>7, 6–>8. So, as well as the +3, -1 rule, another rule that would work in exactly the same way, is +2.

    You can do this with any letter or number. Using the same rule, and therefore shorthand, take the letter ‘r’ (for 8R!!) The pattern will be:


     I hope this helps with the upcoming test!

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