The Jackson 5 Guide to the Music Alphabet

Jackson 5If you think reading music notes is going to be difficult, think again.

There are only 7 letters in the music alphabet for you to remember.

music alphabet

All of our music notes are named after those 7 little letters.  What’s cool is they also just happen to be the first 7 letters of the American English alphabet.

What Happens After G?

When you get to G, you start over again with A and the wheel goes ’round and ’ alphabetWhere it stops, nobody knows.

My Tribute to the Jackson 5

As I was thinking about the music alphabet, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the song “A B C” by the legendary Jackson 5.  Here is my fun new version using the music alphabet:

You went to school to learn now
Things you never, never knew before
Like “I” before “E” except after “C”
And why 2 plus 2 makes 4
Now, now, now
I’m gonna teach you
Teach you, teach you
All about music now
All about music
Sit yourself down, take a seat
All you gotta do is repeat after me

And then it goes, D E F
As simple as, do re mi
A B C, D E F
And then it’s G, C’mon!
And then it goes, D E F
As simple as, do re mi
A B C, D E F
And then it’s G, woo!

Can You Dig It?

Even though all of our music notes are named after only 7 letters, those letters can be mighty powerful.

This is especially true when repeated at higher and lower pitch levels.  It opens up the canvas for a wide variety of musical sounds and a much fuller range.

Alright, alright.  I know you’ve been thinking about it the whole time.

I’ll leave you with a little entertainment from the Jackson 5.

That’s groovy, man.  Just groovy…

I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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