As many of you may know, the tritone (aka augmented fourth or diminished fifth) has always had some spooky connotations. (For those of you who aren’t so familiar with its history and are interested, you can read about here and here
Listen to a classic example of the use of the tritone in this great animated version of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens.
Teach your students about this interval using this very simple free worksheet. It’s written so that it can be used by students who aren’t ready to know about diminished and augmented intervals, instead discussing only whole steps.
Added bonus (or a little lagniappe as we say here), I created a tritone ringtone (nice, hunh?) and I’ve shared it on my facebook page. Look for the tab with the pumpkin. Once you click through, you should be able to download the ringtone.
To round out the lesson plan, I’m assigning my student a composition activity that let’s them use the tritone to make an eerie Halloween song. I’ll share that worksheet in the next day or so.
Sorry for sharing so late! Hope you enjoy.