Archive for March, 2012

Reading and Homework: 4/4

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

READING–CHAPTER 9: Chords

READING–CHAPTER 10: Chord_Progressions

HOMEWORK–CHAPTER 9:  Exercises 9-1 through 9-5 and 9-7 (pp. 125-126). For an A+, you can perform exercise 9-6 and 9-8 as well.

HOMEWORK–CHAPTER 10: Exercises 10-1 and 10-2, exercises 10-5 through 10-7 (pp. 143-144).

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EXTRA: Build your own chords

EXTRA: Rock out to your favorite chord

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MELODY: Antonín Dvořák – New World Symphony, 4th movement (piano transcription with notation) (more about the piece)

The development of harmony in the European church music:  Plainchant (monophony) / Organum (Homophony) / Motet (Polyphony)

TEXTURE: Homophony“Mary had a little lamb” vocals in parallel 5ths

Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Paul Simon “Homeless”Homophony (singing in four-part harmony, sometimes with featured melody)

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven “Potato head blues” — Polyphonic through the first 40 seconds in a Dixieland jazz style with trumpet and clarinet playing distinct melodies; the trombone playing a more subtle, slow moving melody; and the tuba playing a melody line that, depending on how hear it, could be considered more of a harmony part with the chords broken up into a single line with occasional passing tones (non-chord tones) thrown in. After 0:40, the  texture shifts to homophonic with featured melodic soloists playing melodies against a banjo and piano? chordal backdrop. And then at 2:32 you have a return to the polyphonic texture. (more about “Potato Head Blues” and how it makes life worth living according to Woody Allen)

Herbie Hancock “Watermelon Man” — a jazz fusion landmark, the first 1:45 borrows from Central African traditional music, building a polyphonic texture out of various interlocking parts. (an editorial on this musical borrowing) (more about the composition, a jazz standard recorded by hundreds of performers)

SONATA FORM (a form built on melodic contrast and tonal development) — Mozart Symphony no. 40 (first movement) — Listening Guide (the time markings are slightly off from the youtube video but you should be able to figure it out)

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Homework key: Rhythm transcriptions

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

RHYTHM TRANSCRIPTION

Protected: 3/28: Reading and homework; Rhythm and meter

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

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Protected: Gamelan videos; Hindustani music and raga

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

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Protected: Reading/Homework: Rhythm and meter

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 by Jason Lee Oakes

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