Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
So, it turns out that Hebrew music is still read left-to-right. However, the text under each individual note would still be read right-to-left when using the Hebrew language.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Other websites with useful information on non-chord tones:
Friday, February 08, 2008
Also, I'm always happy to look over any "extra credit" composition exercises you'd like to bring to class. Feel free to challenge yourself in class exercises - you can write pieces as simple or as complex as you like, as long as they follow our class guidelines.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
At some point during the week (or at many points!) try to sing through the "do"-pentatonic scale, and all of the intervals from M2 to m7. Use a piano or your instrument to help you out - use C for "do" (your pentatonic scale will be C, D, E, G, A, C')
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
There is always some confusion about how intervals and triads become "smaller" or "larger". The notes of an interval or a triad must always stay the same. Accidentals (double flats, flats, naturals, sharps, and double sharps) are used to alter the notes to make the interval or triad smaller or larger. Perhaps this chart will help:
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
- find the 6th note of the scale (the "la")
- find the note in the scale that is 2 notes down from the tonic note (the "do")
- find the note that is a minor 3rd lower than the tonic note (the "do")
What is the relative minor key for C Major? D Major? Ab Major? Eb Major? (answers below)
Don't forget to use CAPITAL LETTERS for Major scales and lowercase letters for minor scales
Do you remember what a parallel minor scale is?
(Answers: C Major = a minor; D Major = b minor; Ab Major = f minor; Eb Major = c minor; also, C Major and c minor are examples of parallel scales)
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Do you understand what a half step and a whole step are? Knowing this information will be very important in learning about major and minor scales, as well as in learning about intervals.
Also, do you understand what an enharmonic note is? Most enharmonic notes are the black keys on the piano keyboard, but there are a few white keys that have 2 names as well - do you know which ones?