Some people get confused by all the rules around sharps and flats. By using the black notes own names, Va Wu-Xe Yu Ze , we can leave sharps and flats to the the listener. Here’s a pentatonic play along using the pictured instruments.

The glockenspiel or xylophone is an ideal way to start playing music. Instrument makers are able to cheaply create black note sets to which the white notes can be later added.

Panpipe workshops can often produce “black note” versions on request. Traditionally the panpipers have low notes to the right, opposite to the layout of the piano. An option is to request pipes set in a straight line which can be played from either side.

And here’s the first of the tunes in the playalong Canoe Song in simple notation.

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