OCR GCSE (9-1) Music Checkpoint Task

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OCR GCSE (9-1) Music Checkpoint Task
Chords
This Checkpoint Task should be used in conjunction with the KS3–4 Music Transition Guide:
Chords, which supports OCR GCSE (9-1) Music.
The use of chords in a popular piece of music
Performance task: can you play the chords for Three Little Birds and then progress to performing
them with vocals?
Step 1
Play this chord sequence:
Intro:
A/// A/// A/// A///
Chorus:
A/// A/// D/// A/// A/// A/// D/// A///
Verse:
A/// E/// A/// D/// A/// E/// D/// A///
Remember: notes in each chord are:
A=
A, C#, E
D=
D, F#, A
E =
E, G#, B
Step 2
Now try playing the chord sequence on the off beats (the ands) like this:
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and
Step 3
Now work with a partner. Play the chords and sing the words to Three Little Birds:
Chorus: Don’t worry ‘bout a thing
‘cos ev’ry little things gonna be alright
Singing don’t worry ‘bout a thing
‘cos ev’ry little things gonna be alright
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Verse: Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds, pitch my doorstep
Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and free
Saying this is my message to you – u – u
Using Chords
Task 1
Listen to ‘Stand By Me’. This uses the same chord sequence over and over again. If the first chord
is C, what are the other chords? Listen and try to work it out on the keyboard or guitar.
Complete the chord chart:
CHORD
C
Notes in the
chord
C, E, G
Task 2
Play the chord sequence over and over, then work with a partner who can provide the vocals. You
could also work out the bass pattern based on the chords and ask a friend to play this as part of
your performance.
Task 3
Now start to compose your own song. Choose four chords and write them in the chord chart:
CHORD
Notes in the
chord
Choose from the following chords:
C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am
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Play the chord sequence four times. Each chord should last four beats or be played four times in
each bar.
Task 4
Now compose a melody to go with these chords. You could use this as your chorus and add words
to your melody.
Task 5
Now compose a different chord pattern to use for your verse and then add an introduction and an
instrumental section, making use of the chords you have chosen.
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