Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing

MasterClass - Christmas Sheet Music and Play-along for Violin, Piano and Cello

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing – Gum Drop Notes is a series of videos to teach students of music, whether beginner or not, how to read music through the backdoor of learning, ‘Igniting Sleeping Brains’ and integrating music theory as a foundation of learning. Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing links colors with each tone – Gum Drop Notes. There are only twelve truly unique tones. In Western music, we choose seven of these for a song. They have a number of names such as F#(sharp) but it is the same tone as a Gb (flat).  Just a different (family) This is what creates the major or the minor scales or keys in which a song is played. With the Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing method, music theory flows creatively into the music and intertwines with the playing and the enjoyment of learning. Become a musician with the Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing method and Gum Drop Notes.

Download the sheet music and listen to the audio for a day before trying to play along with the video.


Tutorial 1

explanation of colored notes

Fingerboard and piano set up downloads

Each instrument has a different location for the same notes. Print the fingerboard and keyboard to refer to as you go.

Jolly Ole Saint Nicholas

Jolly old St.Nicholas Lean your ear this way Don't you tell a single soul What I'm going to say

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing: "Glory to the newborn King! Remember: the stem of the stringed instrument's music indicates the string it is play on.

Angels from the realms of glory

Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth;

Angels we have heard on High

Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains

As with Gladness Men of Old

As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold

Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Away in a manger

Away in a manger no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head

Be born in me

A beautiful violin solo as sung by Jesus' mother Mary

A Christmas Carol

An old Christmas tune

Bring the torch

A French Carol Bring a Torch, come swiftly and run Christ is born, tell the folk of the village

Deck the Halls

Traditional Christmas Carol 1862 Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Coventry Carol

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see Thee lie

Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,

God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest you merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Remember: The stem of the note indicates what string the note should be played on. Circled notes are either sharp or flat moving toward the next note. Play Spit-cato to embed the order of the notes. :)

It came upon a midnight clear

It came upon the midnight clear That glorious song of old Remember: the color of the stems of the note indicate which string it is played on for both the violin and the cello.

Jingle Bells

Beginner and Advanced Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh

joy to the world

Joy to the world, the Lord has come Let earth receive her King

O Come all ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,

Pat a Pan

Willie, bring your little drum Robin, get your fife, and come And be merry while you play

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night! All is calm, All is bright

All Through the Night

Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee All through the night

Czechoslovakian Carol

One of the Christmas Carols song in Czechoslovakia during Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year