Morse Code Chart (A3 poster)
Item code: MCP-015
Professionally printed on 150gsm silk paper.
For the purpose of using morse code as rhythmic pattern exercises, I've decided to group morse code letters into three groups.
First group - different letters backwards:
You see the same number of dot(s) and dash(es) for two letters but they are different letters when you read the morse code forward and backward.
Second group - same letter backwards:
A pattern of dot(s) and dash(es) stays the same when reading the morse code forward or backwards. You could say it's a symmetrical pattern.
Third group - odd ones out:
Three odd patterns that do not fit any of the above groups.
It's fun to find these morse code rhythms in the music that you or your students are learning. You'll be surprised how many words are hidden in the music, not intentionally most of the time! Recently, I discovered 'Mr K' (dah-dah / di-dah-di / dah-di-dah) in one of the piano tunes I wrote for my students. Certainly I wasn't conscious of it when I was writing it.
Or perhaps, if you're having a trouble getting some tricky rhythmic patterns, see if you can interpret them in morse code to get the feel of how it should go, rather than trying to count and subdivide the beats mathmatically. You could even create songs based on a couple of chosen morse code letters. Or you can play 'code music' to say something during the lesson, such as 'SIT'!