Letter from the Kingdom of Tune #9. The Royal Butterfly: Are you going to participate in my 'Butterfly Balls'?
The Main Butterfly of the Kingdom of Tune is writing this letter to you!
How are you? Did you learn to play something already thanks to our letters/lessons?
I’m asking because we have a ball held in my honor every year at Soft Mozart Academy. This Ball is called “The Butterfly Ball.”
In this photo I am with a poster, and I invite all-all-all to the "Butterfly Ball"! Next to me is Mr. Oops. He is specifically dressed in a tuxedo for this occasion!
We are inseparable friends with him. He loves the “Butterfly Ball”! Do you know why? Because at this Ball, everyone is allowed to make mistakes!
If you want to learn something, mistakes should be welcome.
If you are not afraid of making mistakes and saying “Oops” from time to time, Mr. Oops will be definitely your friend!
In this picture, one artist painted us several centuries ago, when there was no computer or Soft Mozart Academy. The girl has lost a musical note, and no one can help her find it! Queen Tonic took her magic magnifier to help find it. Mr. Oops got tired of waiting for anyone to find the missing note. Well, you see who is going to drag off that note, right?
It was so difficult for children to learn to find notes some time ago! Can you imagine?
And now the Queen Tonic sends a butterfly to each child for each piece played. If you already know how to play the exercises “White Cat - Black Cat,” “Caterpillar,” and “Mysterious Wind,” then you can already receive three whole butterflies from the Queen!
Just check the calendar: our Butterfly Ball is only once a year, from December 15 to January 15.
If now it's summer, autumn, or spring, then just start preparing -- and that's it! The more piano pieces you play, the more butterflies you will get!
Today I am writing to you to teach how to measure the distance between musical sounds and keys. You will not believe, but it is measured in . . . butterflies. Look: here, between the white and black key is half a butterfly. This is a semitone or half-step!
In your exercise "White Cat - Black Cat," the distance between all the keys that you play is a semitone! So, play and say: “wing-body” -- and you will understand that it is very easy to count halftones!
Also between the sounds-keys there is a whole tone. It looks like this:
You can say: “wing-body-wing” and ta-da! You have a whole step or a TONE!
I have unexpected guests in my home: The Caterpillar and the Queen's Guard.
They say that the Princess’s Briefcase has disappeared with all its notes from the Kingdom of Tune!
They ask me if I saw anything suspicious when I flew with my smartphone . . .
Let me see . . .
I remember flying and colliding with the Princess and the Courier:
I remember how they fell, hanging on the branches with mice, into a large black puddle:
These children cannot be left unattended! Between them the distance is three whole butterflies! There are three tones. That is why the interval between them is called a TRITON!
The Guard is telling me that the Princess’s Briefcase was stolen by two mice. Did I see them from above?
Well, well, well . . .
I just remembered!
How did I not see it!
Here they are, dragging a briefcase into their little house!
Wow . . .
By the way, the Minor has just been announced in the Kingdom of Tune. I have to go there as soon as possible! Without me, the Queen Tonic will be lost!
See you soon!
Your new friend from the Kingdom of Tune
Do you know that we have a room for you in our Kingdom? Come and claim it! Choose your school year and click New Topic. It will be your place! Here is the link!
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