Alright kiddos, here's something a little different for Look Listen Learn. This is a creative ear training assignment.
- You need a music notation program so go download Finale Notepad for free
- Listen to the audio mp3. It's just a short piano melody.
- You are going to figure out how to write down this melody with the correct time signature, key signature, notes and rhythm. Do this in Finale Notepad and print it off.
- Next, you are going to choose appropriate chords for each measure. Write them in.
- Now practice your lead sheet with a nice left hand pattern and bring it to your lesson ready to play.
You did such a good job with your first assignment, let's try something a little more difficult. Some of you were wondering about a notation app for the iPad. I discovered a free version of I Write Music, give it a try this week.
You will need to listen for dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms plus a few ties. Remember to feel the basic beat and count. Good luck! It's a very pretty Celtic tune, don't forget to add chords and practice with a nice lead sheet style.
This week let's try something a little different. You are going to put all of your skills to use now. I've picked out two songs for you to choose from. Click on the link to hear them in iTunes and buy the one you like the best. Buying your music is an important way to show support for musicians.
You are going to work out the melody and notate it properly with either Finale or the I Write Music app. You will also add the lyrics and chord symbols.
Print your final score and bring it to your lessons, but ALSO learn to save your score as a pdf file and email it to me.
Here is the music we have learned about this year. The links will take you to the YouTube videos that we enjoyed watching.
February was Romantic Music Month
- Yundi Li - Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 by Chopin
- Jan Lisiecki - Un Sospiro by Franz Liszt.
- Lang Lang - Traumerei by Robert Schumann
- Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn
December was Winter Wonderland Month
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Tchaikovsky
- Evgeny Kissin - Chopin's Etude Op.25 No.11 (Winter Wind)
November was Piano Concerto Month
- Evgeny Kissin - Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor
- Lang Lang - Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1
- Martha Argerich - Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3
- Hélène Grimaud - Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2
October was Spooky Music Month
- Evgeny Kissin - Pictures at an Exhibition - The Hut on Hen's Legs
- Harry Potter Theme - Piano Solo by Jarrod Radnich
- Saint-Saëns "Danse macabre" for two pianos, op.40
- J.S.Bach - Organ Toccata
September was Crazy Combo Month
- What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 piano) - The Piano Guys
- Galop-Marche by Albert Lavignac: 12 Pianists at 1 Piano
- Galop-Marche by Albert Lavignac: one piano 8 hands
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