Ascend to Charge Part Two: Variable Delays

Replace the note delay with a variable so you can easily speed up or slow down the pace of your song as you ‘tune it in’.


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/*'Ascend to Charge', a popular song during baseball games C,E,G,A,E,G are the notes in order Using variables instead of numbers makes it easier to change the song */ int note = 300; //a variable named note to replace the delay values void setup(){ pinMode(10,OUTPUT); //Set the Speaker as an OUTPUT } void loop(){ tone(10,523); //C delay(note); //Play the note for 150 milliseconds tone(10,659); //E delay(note); tone(10,784); //G delay(note); tone(10,880); //A delay(note*2); //double delay on this note tone(10,659); //E delay(note); tone(10,784); //G delay(note*4); //quadruple delay on the last note noTone(10); delay(5000); //wait 5 seconds before replaying the song } // (c) 2018 Let's Start Coding. License:

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These are the new code concepts covered in this example program. To become a great coder, read through these concepts to learn new vocabulary.

New Concept: Reducing repetition

Whenever a programmer finds themselves repeating something over and over again, it’s time to look for a new way of doing things. If you’re trying to write a song and you have to change every single delay each time you have a ‘test listen’ to see if the song sounds right, it’s time to use variables. Here, the variable allows you to very easily change the speed of the song and reduces the amount of typing you have to do as you tweak your code.


If you're having trouble, try to run an experimental program or look at the example code to help you find the answer.

When creating a variable, you have to decide 3 'qualities' of the variable in order. What's the order?