Theseis A cards include Interval Symbols: Up 3, Oligon, Ison, Apostrophos, and Down 3. You know these. Now read the phrases to practice decoding the symbols. Say the parallage for each phrase, slowly at first, and then faster and faster as you develop fluency. When that feels easy, you may also try to chant the parallage on pitch.
There are two symbols in the Theseis A cards that you may not know:
The clasma is a rhythm symbol. Every interval symbol inherently gets one beat (there are two exceptions you will learn about later) and rhythm symbols add beats or subtract partial beats from interval symbols.A clasma may be placed above or below an interval symbol and adds a beat. If you see a symbol with a clasma hold it for two beats while saying the parallage.
A psifiston is not an interval symbol or a rhythm symbol and does not affect the parallage. It is a qualitative symbol and affects how the pitch is chanted. Ignore the psifiston for now.
Arriba! Arriba! is a simple game that you can play with the Theseis Cards. Play this game every day! You are developing an important skill in just a few minutes each day. Cut out the Theseis A Cards.
Read (say) the parallage for each card as quickly as you can.
Time yourself. How long did it take to get through the stack of cards?
Play the game a few times and see if you can get faster!
How long did it take you? 1st try: 2nd try: 3rd try: 4th try 5th try:
Are there any symbols that you found tricky? If so, draw them and play Set, Telos, or Spit to practice them.