Monday, February 16, 2009

Eric Clapton playing Robert Johnson

Here's another clip of Eric Clapton doing a Robert Johnson song, "Terraplane Blues."

B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone: 1993/Live At B.B. King's Blues Club, Blues Summit

Section 1 students -- see if you can apply what you learned today about 12 bar blues for in analyzing this B.B. King Classic

Friday, February 13, 2009

Live Music Assignment

As mentioned in the syllabus, the music department now requires all students taking music classes to observe at least 2 music department performances.  A calendar of these events can be found on the music department homepage.  

For a link to this page click calendar.

Given that it is already the sixth week, in section 1 I am only going to require you to write about the experience for one of these shows.  Take a look and see what interests you, and we can talk about it more in class.  Remember that your review will be due on March 11, the last day of class.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Samples list answers

1. Pathetique/Bethoven -- Major/Duple
2. Partita a-moll/Logy -- Minor/Duple
3. Air/Unknown -- Major/Triple
4. Minuet/De Visee -- Major/Triple
5. Tourdion/Attaignant -- Minor/Triple

Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones

Here's some video on the Stones song we listened to in class from 1971.  Side note -- the saxophone soloist here is Bobby Keyes, who also played on the record. 

Sample 5

Sample 4

Sample 3

Sample 2

Sample 1

Listen to the above sample exerpts from a variety of pieces of music and decide whether they are duple or triple meter/major or minor harmonically.  

The correct answers are posted above the Rolling Stones clip.

D Major triad with two inversions

Here's the D major with two inversions. Notice that the F# moves from the middle to the bottom to the top.

When you are inverting triads with accidentals make sure the accidentals travel.

C Major triad with 2 inversions

Section 1 students -- here's a C major triad beginning on middle C and 2 inversions. Notice that with each inversion the note that was in the root or bottom position is moved to the top.

For extra practice try notating this of staff paper.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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For Section 1 -- here are some sample bourdoons which can be used as bass accompaniment for your recorder melodies or you can create one of your own.  A bourdoon is a repeating phrase that includes the home note (in this case C or E) and the fifth note of that scale (G and B).  Remember bourdoons repeat so select one measure and one measure only from the above.

Did you remember to notate the bass in bass clef?