In the grand tradition of parenthood, I have spent a good chunk of January leaving Jim-Jam to fend for himself whilst I play merrily with his xmas toys. I am especially prone to stealing time on this 8-note baby xylophone…
As it turns out, there aren’t very many tunes that you can play with a single octave of 8 notes, including no sharps or flats. You can do Twinkle Twinkle, 3 Blind Mice and London Bridge, but these become dull very quickly indeed.
Today G almost managed Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, until he fell foul of a missing sharp. Meanwhile I have discovered that you can do the whole of Fernando, along with Brahms’s Lullaby and the chorusy bit of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
So – music buffs, what else can you play with only 8 notes, starting with C?
*hears the distant drums and sounds of bugle calls, coming from afar…*