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the eric update - day 213: learning the diatonic scale. incorrectly.

we received this fisher price xylophone/piano toy that's shaped like an alligator as a christmas gift from my sister. and while we're very grateful for any and all gifts that have been given, as someone who is somewhat musically inclined i can't help but be slightly irritated by the fact that the toy is missing a note from the diatonic scale! well, it's actually missing two, depending on how you're counting.

i mean, how on earth are you supposed to teach your child the DO-RE-MI song from the sound of music when you're missing "TI"?

oh, the humanity.

one wonders why certain decisions were made during product development? why couldn't they make the alligator an inch longer to accomodate another note? or perhaps simply make each xylophone board slightly thinner to accomodate all 7 notes?

i'm writing a letter to fisher price! this is simply atrocious.

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2/02/2005 11:08:00 PM 5 comments


OMG - I thought I was imagining it! I'd try to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on it and I'd cringe because it sounded so off. Well, more than the music, the boys loved to stick things in the alligator's mouth.

I'm getting ready to send you another musical toy by Fisher Price and, If I'm not mistaken, it has the same problem. But, it is darn cute so I'm sending it anyway. But, someone should write them!!!

By Blogger Candy, at 11:24 AM  

ah, I just checked. The toy I'm sending is by Vtech and it has the correct scale on it. Odin's musical education will soon be corrected ;)

I know we have another toy around here with the same problem. I'd be willing to bet it's fisher price. :-D

By Blogger Candy, at 11:31 AM  

I love that you are going to write to FP. Do they think little kids are stupid?! AHa. Keep us informed!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 PM  

heh. bloggingbaby picked up on the post.

By Blogger e3, at 11:31 PM  

"That's hilarious. Check out this photo of a jungle gym near where I live with a big picture of the planets -- except it's not a solar system, everything's revolving around the earth..." |

now that's just plain wrong....and funny at the same time.

By Blogger e3, at 11:32 PM  

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