Ostinato

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This activity is designed to introduce/work with ostinato and chords. The group are invited to compose an ostinato to play along with the provided backing track (OSTINATO G/C).

The sheet also gives the available notes in the keys for each instrument, so in addition to writing an ostinato, they could also potentially build up chords to go with it, or even an additional melody. More advanced players could use even the chart to improvise from.

As indicated on the activity sheet, the chord sequence used is:

  • G major
  • G7
  • C major
  • C major

Description

You can listen to the backing track here:

  1. As a starting activity, try different games to come up with some rhythmic ideas and get your ideas flowing: e. g. RHYTHM CAFE, FORBIDDEN RHYTHM, RHYTHM DETECTIVE etc.
  2. Choose 2 different rhythms (1 bar each!)
  3. Decide which order you want them to be played
  4. Repeat the two bars to create your rhythmic ostinato! You can also perform it with the OSTINATO backing track
  5. When confident with the rhythmic element, you can also try adding pitch. Repeat the two bar pattern from before, to make a 4 bar pattern and add notes/chords using the table below:
Instrument In C In B flat In E flat In F Chords (concert pitch)
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 G B or D A C# or E E G# or B D F# or A G major
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 G B D or F A C# E or G E G# B or D D F# A or C G7
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 C E or G D F# or A A C# or E G B or D C major
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 C E or G D F# or A A C# or E G B or D C major
Instrument In C In B flat
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 G B or D A C# or E
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 G B D or F A C# E or G
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 C E or G D F# or A
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 C E or G D F# or A
Instrument In E flat In F
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 E G# or B D F# or A
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 E G# B or D D F# A or C
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 A C# or E G B or D
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 A C# or E G B or D
Instrument Chords (concert pitch)
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 G major
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 G7
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 C major
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 C major
Instrument In C
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 G B or D
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 G B D or F
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 C E or G
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 C E or G
Instrument In B flat
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 A C# or E
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 A C# E or G
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 D F# or A
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 D F# or A
Instrument In E flat
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 E G# or B
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 E G# B or D
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 A C# or E
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 A C# or E
Instrument In F
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 D F# or A
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 D F# A or C
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 G B or D
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 G B or D
Instrument Chords (concert pitch)
Bar 1 Rhythm 1 G major
Bar 2 Rhythm 2 G7
Bar 3 Rhythm 1 C major
Bar 4 Rhythm 2 C major

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