Lesson #2 - Adele, The Roots and Classroom Instruments

February 8, 2018

With 2.15 billion views on YouTube, Adele’s Hello is currently the 16th most viewed video of all time. In this version, she is singing live with one of the most famous hiphop bands of all times: The Roots…playing classroom instruments?
Many of us think that instruments like glockenspiels, kazoos and banana shakers aren't able to make serious music. Professional musicians would never play on such basic instruments would they? Arn’t they just beginners instruments that children play on until they are ready to ‘progress’ to more reputable instruments like violins or clarinets? This video (along with others in this classroom instrument series) shows us what is possible with a bright idea and random classroom instruments. The playing isn’t perfect, there are a few mistakes here and there, but the fun they are having is infectious!

 

 

  • What instruments are they using?

  • Can you play along with any classroom instruments you have?

  • What key is the song in?

  • What instruments are playing chords?

  • What would you change if you had to do this with your friends?

  • Listen to the original. What differences are there between original and this version?

  • What was your favourite part of the song?

     

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