Ascend to Charge Part Three: Variable Notes

Convert your piano notes to hertz values one time, then use your variables throughout the code to quickly create whatever song you’d like!


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//'Ascend to Charge', a popular song during baseball games int C = 523; int E = 659; int G = 784; int A = 880; //C,E,G,A,E,G int note = 150; //how long each note plays void setup(){ pinMode(10,OUTPUT); //Set the Speaker as an OUTPUT } void loop(){ tone(10,C); delay(note); tone(10,E); delay(note); tone(10,G); delay(note); tone(10,A); delay(note*2); //This note is held for twice the value of the variable tone(10,E); delay(note); tone(10,G); delay(note*4); //Hold the end note for four times the value of the variable. noTone(10); delay(5000); //wait 5 seconds before replaying the song } // (c) 2018 Let's Start Coding. License:

Walkthrough Videos

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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: Variables- one step further.

Here, you’ve taken variables to the next level, using them in place of any number that is likely to change as you modify your song or create a new song. Now that you have some of the common notes mapped out, you could change the void loop() very quickly to create different tunes. As programs grow more complex, you may see fewer and fewer ‘hard-coded’ values and more variable values that replace those numbers.


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

1. When creating variables in this program, 'int' is short for what?