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:
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.
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.
I think some of the reasons why I like this melody is maybe because the melody echoes itself in different pictures. Also because of having a short phrase consisting of three notes repeated in different pictures.