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February 18, 2015
by 20battyr

The Blues



In our second unit in music class, we studied the “Blues”. We study how the blues evolved as it progressed up the misissipi river. We also had an expert of the blues, Steve Gardner come to tell us more about the blues. One of the important things we learned from him were that the blues was a mix of cultures and influenced all the other music genres. He also told us that we should try to make the instrument speak for us, and that sometimes it is better to not play at all. This is because when you don’t play, the audience is waiting for you to come back in.  We also learned how that the traditional blues songs generally were about the terrible lives of the black slaves. But as more slaves moved north the songs eventually adapted to their better lives, until eventually the white people started adapt the blues to other music genres like jazz, soul and rock n roll.  Here is the my reflection of these different types of blues:



12 Bar Blues 

When playing the Blues, you use the 12 bar blues. The 12 bar blues uses a unique pattern of chords. 4 bars of C, 2 bars of F, 2 bars of C, 1 bar of G, 1 bar of F, and 2 bars of C. In each of the note’s bars I play their dominant 7th. For example in the C bar I play C,E,G,Bb. When it says F I would play F, A, C, Eb. Finally when it says G I would play G,B,D,F.  I do this by moving four semitones than 3 semitones than 3 again. Here is a diagram of this chording pattern:




Here is a recording of the 12 bar blues

Blues Scale 


This is the Blue scale:


Bass Line



December 15, 2014
by 20battyr

The Nutcraker Suite( The Nutcraker Prince and the Mouse king

In music class we watched the movie The Nutcraker Prince and the Mouse king.  In this blog post I will be  examining how Tchaikovsky used instrument to create moods and feelings. First Tchaikovsky created the feeling of Airy, Magical and mysterious(31.01-31.46) with the use of a piano and a cello or flute. His use of staccato and minor key makes it feel magical. Also his use of the low notes of the cello in contrast with the high notes of the piano makes it feel magical as well.  Another time Tchaikovsky creates a mood is 58.17-1:00.01 when he creates the feeling of excitement and energy. He does this by using the flowing of the violins and the staccato horn section. He also uses crescendo to make effects on us as well. He also uses the increasing beats of the drums to make it feel energetic. Finally Tchaikovsky created the feeling of tension and emotion in 1:03.46- 1:05.03 by using the flowing patterns and ritardando.

December 2, 2014
by 20battyr

Yesterday Reflection

In Music class we have been working on Yesterday by the Beatles. To learn it we had to go through a process.  I first learned the pitches and the beats. Then I learned the phrasing of the notes. Then I learned the tempo. Then I tried to add dynamics to certain parts.  After that I practiced Yesterday frequently so it was relatively memorised. I also recorded my self so I could see myself and improve. This helped me because it allowed me to see if I was going to fast or I was playing something wrong. Then I met up with the other instrumentalist and we rehearsed  the song together. We played together and discussed how we could fit each of our parts and how we would arrange the introduction. We also adjusted to how fast or slow we were playing till we were content.   Then we met up with the vocalists(choir) and rehearsed with them. I again edited my playing to fit the style of how they were singing and there pace.  I think that I played Yesterday pretty well. I played the notes accurately and stayed in tempo. I think most people could hear me. But I think I could have made the notes pitch clearer. As a group I think that we needed to make the vocalists more confident or have a lead singer that they could follow, because I thought they were quiet when we were performing.  I think that the instrumentals were generally pretty good.

November 15, 2014
by 20battyr

Science: Eye Dissection

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Science Optic Nerve


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How the Eye Works

Pupil: Gap for light waves to go through

Cornea: Protects the pupil and the iris, so that not to much light waves go through.

Iris: Ajust how big a gap the pupil is. When it is nightie the pupil is larger, because there is less light waves. When it is daytime the pupil is smaller, because more light waves are present.

Retina: Where light waves are projected  to create an image.

Optic Nerve: Where the image is sent to the brain

Brief Summary

Light waves hit your pupil and pass through it until it hits the lens where it is focused, where it is then projected onto the retina. From the retina the optic nerve sends the image to your  brain.

September 30, 2014
by 20battyr

Grade 7 Music Journal Entry: Melody

In Music class we have been studying Melodies. Here are some things that we have been looking into about Melodies.

Slur: 1 Phrase. A Phrase marks when notes should be played with flowing motion.

Contour: The rise and fall of Pitch. A contour can have a steady rising or falling of pitch like this: Do Re Mi or it can be a steep rise or fall in pitch like this: Da So.

Interval: The distance between two notes. For example, if I have two notes: Do and So, then the interval would be 5.

Range: The distance from the Lowest note to the Highest note

Leap: A Interval with a distance of 3 or more.

Fortissimo: Very Loud

Forte: Loud

Mezzo Forte: Medium Loud

Mezzo Piano: Medium soft

Piano: Soft

Pianissimo: Very Soft

Staccato: Notes played very short.

Lagato: Notes

Crescendo: Getting Louder

Decrescendo: Getting Softer

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