How to play songs on a phone keypad

Written by charlotte johnson
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If you're looking for something to do to amuse yourself, try making phone keypad music. You can do this with a standard push-button phone or a cell phone. You can even play some simple songs by following a few tips. Best of all, in a growing market of cell phone applications that cost money, playing music on a cell phone keypad doesn't cost you anything.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phone (standard or cell)

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    Standard Phone

  1. 1

    Press the number 1. This is your "do" note, or the root of your scale.

  2. 2

    Press the number 2. This is your "re" note, or the second notes of your scale.

  3. 3

    Press the number 3. This is your "mi" note, or the third note of your scale.

  4. 4

    Press 4,5,6, as well as 7,8, and 9. They all play a "do-re-mi" progression, and the notes are only semitones different from the original 1,2,3 combination.

  5. 5

    Try simple songs such as Mary Had a Little Lamb: 3,2,1,2,3,3,3 2,2,2 3,3,3 3,2,1,2,3,3,3,3, 2,2,3,2,1

    Cell Phones

  1. 1

    Press the "menu" button, followed by "settings."

  2. 2

    Press the button for "keypad." Select the option for "xylophone."

  3. 3

    Press the 1 button. This is the C note.

  4. 4

    Press all of the numbers 1-9 in succession, plus the *, 0 and #. What you will hear is a progression up the C scale: C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C,D,E,F,G

  5. 5

    Try some simple songs. Ode to Joy: 7,7,8,9,9,8,7,6,5,5,6,7,7,6,6 7,7,8,9,9,8,7,6,5,5,6,7,6,5,5

    Jingle Bells: 3,3,3, 3,3,3, 3,5,1,2,3 4,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,2,2,3,2,5 3,3,3 3,3,3 3,5,1,2,3 4,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,5,5,3,2,1

Tips and warnings

  • On cell phones that don't have the xylophone keypad capability, the notes will be the same as those on a standard phone.

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