Senin, 24 Mei 2010

Seventh week practice videos

These are this week's practice videos
Monday (Scales C F G)
I think I improved in the scales, and learned a different way to do the G scale.

Saturday (Evocacion)
Evocacion again, I don't know too many songs and we have lots of assessments.

21st May 2010

Today we practiced our listening skills. Mr Herry played several notes on the keyboard, and we were asked to identify the notes and notate them on a piece of sheet music. It was very hard for me, and I only got several notes right. I guess I have to work on listening skills. After that, Mr Herry called out several students (I think they were Ade, James, Kezia, and Tiffany) to do a demonstration in front. Mr Herry played several complex sounding notes and asked them to repeat the notes. Most of them were able to do so on the fly, and it was a very cool performance. It would be great if I, too, could have listening skills on par with them.

18th May 2010

Today we learned transposing again. This time, it was between scales and not between clefs. At first I wasn't quite sure of how to transpose between scales, something in me told me that I could. After a short explanation, turns out that something was right, I've somehow learned transposing. We were supposed to transpose "Alice in Wonderland" from C to G. I had some trouble even though I understood the theory of how to do it (still slow on notation). However, transposing while looking at both the C and the G scales helped me a lot. In the end, we didn't have to transpose the whole song, only 16 bars, but I did more than 16.

Senin, 17 Mei 2010

Sixth week practice videos

Here are this week's videos:
Tuesday (C, F, and G major scales)
Saturday (Kiss from a rose)
I think I almost memorized the 3 scales above, but I haven't been practicing much lately and the song I played dropped a lot on fluency.

14th May 2010

Today we checked some more jingles. They were also good. Andrew Sie's jingle really fits his commercial, of a mosquito repellent. The intro represented the mosquitoes' attack, with an ominous sound. It sounded a bit like Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" though. After a short pause, the music gets relaxing and slow. It really suits the "minyak telon" commercials. We also checked the blogs. I think maybe the blogs should be checked outside of class to save time. We also had to submit our journals to check the daily reflection. I'm missing quite a lot of entries, since I uploaded some of them directly to the blog and didn't write them on my journal. All in all, I think I only had about 5 out of 11 entries. In instrument class, we practiced the scales again. Mr John also taught us the spanish strumming style which was pretty cool. The right hand is in the "heavy metal" sign, which turns out to be originally from Spain and represents the bull for strength.

11th May 2010

Today Mr Herry checked several of our jingles. We listened to them, and all of them were pretty good. After we heard our classmates' works, I think Mr Herry was quite disappointed that only a few of us were using the bass. So, he gave us a short briefing about the bass clef, also with where the notes are positioned. After the short lecture, he gave us worksheets. We are supposed to transcribe the song from the treble clef to the bass clef. I had some problems at first but once I got the hang of it it wasn't so hard. I still took quite a long time though. Then, in instrument class, we learned scales. This was to prepare for the upcoming practical exam. Mr John taught us a shortcut to remember many scales at once, all we had to do was to remember the pattern and use different base notes.

Senin, 10 Mei 2010

Fifth week practice videos

This week Mr Herry told us we needed to also upload a practice video for the group performances too. I recorded it but I don't think I did too well, I don't fully remember the song.
Tuesday (Evocacion yet again)
Thursday (This Love chords)