Fretting—To Fret or Not To Fret

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Do not fret over the placement, it is easy to calculate. Using their discoveries from the first lesson, pupils determine the placement of frets on a fretless instrument. The final lesson in a series of two asks class members to use their knowledge of geometric sequences and exponential functions to decide which type of instrument would provide more flexibility in playing in tune.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare the locations calculated for the frets to the actual fret placements of instruments with the same length of strings
  • Invite a music teacher to explain the difference in playing a fretted instrument to one that does not contain frets
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the class to have finished Exploring Measurement, Sequences, and Curves with Stringed Instruments

  • Contains suggestions for assessment
  • Includes an option to use if a fretless instrument is not available

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