A word from the authors
The didactic game Happy Notes
is a pedagogical tool which helps beginner students make
connections between theoretical knowledge and
practical playing of the instrument in a playful way.
The game deals with the following subjects:
- finger placements in the first position in connection to individual scales
- the link "note-finger-tone" that a student learns with the help of specially designed illustrations.
Each card contains a note and a character that help the student find an association with tone color on
every individual string.
If a student has difficulties he or she can get help by looking at the back of the card,
where there is a marked note and the number of the finger that is needed for playing it.
When the student makes no mistakes at this point, you can mix the cards and let the student pull individual cards form the deck. The student then defines the string, the note and the finger needed for playing the mentioned note in the first hand position, and finally plays the note.
You can continue the game with more students.
By using additional cards with signs you can
change tonality and re-discuss finger placement
and moving on the fingerboard. Thus the task is
In addition, we can use cards for composing
one-octave and some two-octave scales and
triads with maximum four accidentals.
Students can combine scales using the special
long staff that is enclosed.
Firmness of cards enables learners to combine all music materials either on the desk or on the stand.
To prevent losing cards we recommend using a stand with a full desk.
This didactic game can encourage students to compose a simple melody and additionally it teaches them multiple layers of music art. The stories that are hidden in Happy Notes speak about the ability to express feelings (world inside us) and natural phenomena (world outside) through music.
Music promotes and remind us of values such as friendliness,
sympathy, politeness, friendship and compassion.
The authors of this game wish to open a new sphere
in students' and teachers' creativity.
There are many possible ways of using the Happy Notes didactic cards: they can be used as a basis for various theoretical, musical or creative tasks. For example, a student might need to inspect the biggest card and discover illustrative elements that convey motifs with regard to changes of the seasons of the year.
First, you might discuss with student a topic in connection to a certain season of the year that you have come across during school year. During this discussion, you can present to the young violinist musical pieces by famous composers who used such a motif for their inspiration. Of course, you can place Vivaldi's Four Seasons at the forefront as well as talk about many other works. It is our sincere wish that this didactic tool helps to create positive and relaxed atmosphere during classes and helps young musicians by combining theoretical basics and practical music making.
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