Spicing up your communications with secret messages that only your friends can decipher can make texting, phone calls, and emails more fun, especially when you’re dealing with the same people day in and day out. However, if your friends are not as technologically savvy as you are, they may not be able to figure out your hidden messages without some extra help from you. The following five steps will help you create a secret message that will drive your friends crazy until they crack it open.
Step 1: Pick a Song
Start by picking a song that you and your friends all know. If you can find a song with lyrics that are easy to remember, that’s even better. Once you have your song, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to encode your message. One way is to pick out the first letter of each word from the song and use them as letters in the alphabet. For example, if I chose ‘a-ha’ then my letters would be A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z (A is for A-ha). You could also use numbers or symbols or just plain old letters.
Step 2: Get the BPM
In order to create a secret message, you’ll need to find the beats per minute (BPM) of the song. The BPM is the tempo of the music and it will determine how fast or slow your message will be. To find the BPM, you can use a metronome or an online BPM calculator. Once you have the BPM, you can start creating your secret message.
Step 3: Write Down the Notes for Each Letter of the Alphabet (A=1, B=2, etc.)
Now that you have your key, it’s time to write down the notes for each letter of the alphabet. A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on. Make sure you write this down somewhere safe, because you’ll need it when it comes time to decode your message!
Step 4: Listen to the Song without Counting
I know what you’re thinking, this is too easy! I can do this in my sleep! But trust me, if you want to create a secret message that will drive your friends crazy, you need to put in the work. This step is crucial. Take the time to listen to the song without counting. Try to feel the rhythm and flow of the music. Listen for any patterns or hidden messages. The more you listen, the more likely you are to find something hidden in the song.
Step 5: Start Writing!
Start by writing out your message in long hand. This will help you get a feel for the flow of the letters and words, and will also give you a chance to make sure that your message is legible. Once you’re happy with how it looks, start transcribing it onto the paper using your chosen cipher. Make sure that each letter is clearly represented, and that there are no smudges or erasures.
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