Woodwind and Brass Works Songwriting Exercises - Handout Songwriting Exercises by Joel Mabus Scaffolding Stuck? Try this exercise: A) Take some song you like — any song at all from any era, any style — just so long as it is familiar to you. B) Write a new lyric to that song. C) Take that new lyric and write completely new music to it. D) Edit. (Or you could do A-C-B-D — write the new music to the “scaffold” song and then write a new lyric.) What remains is a new song with only a hint of the “ghost” song that acted as a scaffold for the process. Listmaking Out of ideas? A list could become a song (remember “My Favorite Things” or Tom T Hall’s “I Love...”) or could be a starting pad for an essay song, enumerating facts or feelings. Focused Imaging Similar to listmaking, but more purposeful, is putting your imagination to work in creating a scene, place or mood. Imagine a perfect day in your childhood – or the day your childhood sweetheart left you. Out-of-context Images Brain dead? Do this a few times and you start to see language in a new light. Journal
47 Sites Every Recording Musician Should Visit In a recent “Open Mic” we asked you, “Which music-related sites do you visit regularly?” This article is a summary of the great suggestions given in the comments to that article. You can make the list even longer by commenting on this article. As you’re reading this article, Audiotuts+ needs no introduction. Several commenters mentioned Audiotuts+ - thanks for the support! This is a great Flash site with many resources to help you learn music theory. The site content is split up as follows: Lessons, including topics that cover notation, chords and scalesTrainers, that teach you notes, keys, intervals, triads, keyboard, guitar and brass. Michael comments: “I have found very helpful. This is a site that helps you with scales and chords. The charts are guitar-based, and there are options for various alternate tunings and other stringed instruments. A website that helps you learn musical scales and chords. Joe comments: “Great Ableton/sound design videos.”
Ukela Ukulélé Lakeside Relaxation sound and music Lakeside sounds are the sounds perceived by nature. They are ideal for a quiet mind. Some people prefer using them for meditations and simple therapies like yoga and massages. You must not be at a lakeside to feel the depth and beauty of nature to relax yourself. VARIATIONS Prototype: Online Musical Scores The following selections lead to experimental prototypes of the ways in which musical scores and recording liner notes might be used in conjunction with sound recordings available online through VARIATIONS. We encourage interested users to send comments on usability to email@example.com to help us in our ongoing development of the project. Due to the early developmental status of this phase of VARIATIONS, we will not be able to guarantee continued availability of this resource or any of its components. Online scores: Opera Literature Selected opera scores chosen from the Cook Music Library's holdings Scores are in the public domain Available from anywhere Designed to be viewed on a 17-inch monitor with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 Designed primarily for online display, not for printing. Online scores: Song Literature Online scores: Orchestral and Choral Literature Online scores: Chamber Music Literature Online scores: Piano Literature Online scores: Solo Instrumental Literature
Mr. Fastfingers Guitar Shred Show I analyzed the chords to 1300 songs for patterns. This is what I found. (Part 3) Interactive Discovery | Blog – Hooktheory Last year, we discussed the first results of a long term effort to study the patterns found in the chords of popular songs. The reception that we got was incredibly positive, and we received a ton of great feedback. The two most common questions we’ve gotten from people have been: “I really like the sound of chords X Y Z together. What other songs use this same progression?““After I’ve written a few chords that sound good together, I need help knowing what a good next chord might be. Our answer: Hooktheory Trends Our crowdsourced database is uniquely suited to answer these questions because it contains the harmonic data of songs indexed in a way that makes it easy to perform this type of analysis. Hooktheory is experiencing VERY high traffic as a result of this article. Mirror 1 Mirror 2 How Trends Works When you open Trends, you will see the most commonly used chords in the key of C. Click a song to highlight where it uses the chords. Get started using Trends by clicking here!
Ukulélé Blog The Guitar Master :: Interactive Circle of Fifths :: 1.) Click on a key name (C,D, Ab, G# etc…) to spin the circle until that key is at the top. The name in the red oval should always be the key you are interested in so make sure it is at the top. You are now working in that MAJOR key. 2.) - Names to the right of the dividing line are the names of the notes in this major scale. - Names to the right of the dividing line including the chord types (major minor or diminished) are chords in this major key. - The mode names (lydian, locrian etc…) are positioned near names of major scales required to achieve that mode for the key in question. - The name at 3 ‘o’ clock is the relative minor (key, chord or scale) to the major key in question. Example1 Let’s say we want to know how to play an E phrygian scale. 1.) Example2 Let’s say we want to know what the notes are in a G# major (or F minor) scale. 1.) Example3 Let’s say we want to find out what chords are in the key of Gb. 1.) I hope you find this useful. The Guitar Master share
The Virtual Theremin (Site under construction) The Virtual Theremin Copyright Edward Squires 2001 What is it? The Theremin is a musical instrument that uses the positions of the performers hands to create sound. Where can I get it? Installation New Version 7/03/2002. Download it here. You should now have a running copy of vt.exe if all goes well. The files are installed in a folder called VT on your main hard drive (C:\VT ). Minimum requirements 128MB RAM (the program requires 90MB). How do I use it? Initially you will be presented with a black window. To get things happening, select Capture Device... from the File menu, which should bring up a modal dialog box. The play, pause, step and stop buttons at the bottom of this dialog box control the video stream. Resize the vt window to your liking. Select Virtual Theremin... from the Settings menu. If your camera can not mirror video, you can select the Flip Video Vertically check box to rotate the video, this makes it much easier to play. Now for the difficult bit.
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