For music we are creating and practicing a song. We have done this in groups of three. In my group I had Ryan, Quirijn and myself. We have all played different parts: Quirijn did the base line, Ryan the melody and I did the chords in the song. Here is the song(it is not a direct recorded piece but but put together using garageband) :
I hope you enjoyed listening it if you listened to it.
I think our whole group helped in this process but I think Ryan did a lot because of the writing. I think In our piece we knew our pieces well, that is why I think that all of the parts were played fluently by my group on the sound file. I think I also learned many parts of the song in a very short period of time. I think this is good because in this music unit there were many new things for me. I think now I know most of the concepts that we have learned about in this music unit
At the begin of the process of the song we chose who was playing what. I was playing the chords, Ryan was playing the melody and Quirijn the base line. Then I think Ryan did the most of the creating of the song, he did a great job doing this. When we practiced also Quirijn and I also gave some advice and because of that also helped creating itself because of this. Also during the practicing, I also created because I chose when to play the chords, that was sometimes different from how it was at the begin plan that Ryan had created. We have also worked before and after school with our group to improve our playing skills as a group, I think this was very useful for me and my other group members. Also, during the performance there was a misunderstanding between us and two of us stopped. But, because it was not the end, Ryan kept playing. This made our performance way better then it would be if he had stopped, he saved the performance.
I think I am still struggling with the concept of reading notes on a sheet quick enough to then play it on the piano and still keep the piece I am playing. I want to improve this by reading more and more notes so it will be easier for me to play and read more quicker behind each other. If I learn to do this, I will be able to play better in groups and will make my performances better.
Also, In this unit we have been working on a chord progression. In this progression we learned how to use inversions. Inversions are chords but played with the same notes but at a higher or a bit lower place. They are used to make the playing of them easier and make the music sound more smooth when played. It makes it playing easier because sometimes you have to move your hand very rapidly and that’s difficult. When we did this project, we also learned how to use roman numerals to indicate the chords that we play. And finally we learned what major and minor chords are and how we should play them on the piano.
As a conclusion I think this unit went well for me, I worked well with others, by myself and I learned many new things and concepts about music.