Join Mr. Henry and Mr. Fite on an exciting adventure as they take a hot air balloon to Ireland. We run into Mr. Hairylegs and make a snack run before the big trip. This is part one of a two-part series. Wish us luck as we learn about the music of Ireland!
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(sound of a hot air balloon)
Bill: Ok, just give it a little more, put this strap here...and yup I think we are about ready.
Bruce: Hey Mr. Henry, so umm yeah where did you get this?
Bill: Oh yeah I got this on Shaz am azon
Bruce: Wow, I didn't know you could get an entire hot air balloon…
Bill: . Oh, yeah. It was a good deal too. So are you ready?
Bruce: Ready for what?
Bill: Oh come on Mr. Fite, ready for our trip with the hot air balloon.
Bruce: Are you certified to operate this thing?
Bill: . Certified? Well it did come with this certificate that says...congratulations you now own a certified hot air balloon...so yeah..I'm certified...Oh come on, just going up and down is no big deal. Plus I read the manual front to back so no worries.
Bruce: Well, ok..it sure does look fun.
Bill: Hop on in! Ok..let's give a little more juice and up we go!
Bruce: Wow, this is pretty cool. Look at the view!
Bill: Yeah I know and imagine the view when we get to our final destination.
Bruce: umm final destination?
Bill: Yup, Ireland!
Bruce: Ireland!??? But that's a bazillion miles away.
Bill: Yeah I know, it’ll be so awesome to travel across the world with this beautiful view to get to ireland and learn all about irish music.
Bruce: Mr. Henry! How are we going to get all the way across the ocean in this thing! It’s impossible.
Bill: Well if you say it's impossible, then it will be ...so just think positive. We will be fine.
Bruce: Fine? What about food and water???
Bill: Oh I got a couple boxes of granola bars and I figured it would have to rain eventually so just fill up our cups and whala...water!
Bruce: Oh boy...this is definitely not a good idea.
Bill: But look at that view...how can we turn back now.
Bruce: Well...Ok...It would be cool to see what's going on with music in Ireland.
Bill: Yeah totally...so uhh any idea what this thing does?
Bruce: I thought you said you read the manual front to back.
Bill: . Did I say front to back? Oh I meant the front and back...kinda skipped all the stuff in the middle. Too many words...
Bruce: Too many words…? Too many words…? Oh boy
Bill: Well I’m sure we can figure it out. No worries. Here we come Ireland!
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And now, the music word of the day.
Bruce: Before we get to our main subject of the day, Music of Ireland, let’s take a look at the music word of the day: Meter!
Bill: Meter is Music can also be called time signature.
Bruce: Ah yes a time signature..let me just grab my pen here and sign my name..I know you’ve always wanted my autograph Mr. Henry, with being super popular n stuff and...
Bill: . No Mr. Fite, I’m not interested in your autograph or signature.
Bruce: Oh whoops..sorry about that.
Bill: I would be interested in Taylor Swift's autograph though...
Bruce: Ok..yeah yeah yeah .
Bill: Right, so anyway...I was saying TIME signature. The time signature or Meter is a collection of numbers found at the beginning of music. There are usually two numbers with one number on top and the other on the bottom.
Bruce: Ah, just like a fraction!
Bill: Well, it does kinda look like a fraction, only fractions have a line that separates the top and bottom number. The meter or time signature does not have that line.
Bruce: Ok, got it, so there are two numbers that are stacked on top of each other.
Bill: . Correct, the bottom number is usually 4, although it can be a different number which is always multiplied by the number 2.
Bruce: Ok, so let me get my calculator out and yes...and hmmm...carry the one… and ok...so 4 times 2 = …….. 8!
Bill: Correct, so the bottom number could be an 8 and other numbers like 16, 32, 64, 128, 256….
Bruce: Woah woah woah! 256?
Bill: . Ok, maybe not 256. The most common numbers on the bottom are 4 and 8.
Bruce: Cool. What about the top number?
Bill: The top number can literally be any number on the planet.
Bruce: Sweet, so like my favorite number?
Bill: Sure Mr. Fite, yes your favorite number can be on the top of our time signature.
Bruce: Wanna know what it is? Huh do ya? Wanna know...waaaaaannnna a know what my favorite number is?
Bill: Oh boy! Yeah fine ok, what's your favorite number?
Bruce: Two million, three hundred and forty six.
Bill: Oh boy…… well ok I didn't see that coming...umm yeah sorry we probably would never see your favorite number as the top number in meter..
Bruce: Ah darn.
Bill: Yeah typically we see number like 2, 3 and 4 on the top part of our time signature. We do also see 6, and 12 as well!
Bruce: Cool! But not two million, three hundred and forty six.
Bruce: Right of course! Ok, so the top number could be 2 and the bottom number could be 4….. 2/4.
Bill: You betcha. And lots of the time, music that is in 2/4 has a marching kinda style to it!
Bruce: Sweet, what about 3 on top and 4 on the bottom? 3.4!
Bill: Well sure! ¾ has a swaying kinda sound to it... like this….. It makes you want to sway back and forth as you listen.
Bruce: And what about 4 on top and 4 on bottom?
Bill: Well Mr. Fite 4/4 is the most popular meter of them all. Basically if you hear music you can bop your head back and forth to, as you listen, or dance to, it’s probably in 4/4. Lots of music we listen to is in the meter of 4/4. It's so common, that they even call it common time!
Bruce: Pretty cool. So, these numbers have a big effect on how the music feels.
Bill: That's a great way to put it Mr. Fite. Yes, if a person is writing music and they want to create a sound that makes people move or feel a certain way, they have to be careful with which meter they choose.
Bruce: Right, just like you said, if a composer wants to write music for a marching band at a parade, they have the option to write the music in 2/4.
Bill: Exactly. And that's the word of the day!
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