Friday, August 23, 2013

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013

QUOTE:
“Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.”
AUTHOR: Ludwig van Beethoven

MEANING OF THE QUOTE:
“Some artists can never rest until they are allowed to express themselves.”


COMPOSER
CHOPIN

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Chopin wrote this piece during his Polish homeland's revolution against Russia.
Due to poor health he could not fight for his beloved country so he wrote this music as a tribute instead.

Etude in C Minor
Revolutionary (Fall of Warsaw)1831
Played by Sviatoslav Richter
An etude is a French word for a musical study piece (short composition)
for a solo instrument designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular musical skill.
It is intended to demonstrate technical virtuosity; a musical exercise.

GRANADA ADV. STRINGS
1. Jingle Bell Rock

INTRO. TO INSTRUMENTS
1. Following the conductor: non-verbal cues
2. Recorder: Making the first sounds
a.  Bad versus good sounds
b. Air, breathing and posture
c.  Tonguing/articulation
d. Left versus right
e. Placing fingers down: first notes (to be continued)

RECORDER
SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW THE RECORDER WORKS
1)  IT IS AN INSTRUMENT MADE OUT OF A TUBE WITH HOLES IN IT
2)  COVERING HOLES IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER LENGTHENS THE TUBE
a)  THE LONGER THE TUBE THE LOWER THE SOUND
3)  SOUND IS PRODUCED BY BLOWING AIR DOWN THE TUBE WITH THE SPEED 
OF THE AIR HITTING THE SIDES OF THE TUBE TO CREATE THE VIBRATIONS 
d. BLOWING THE RECORDER
1)  GOOD VERSUS BAD SOUNDS
a)  PLAY THE RECORDER WITHOUT THE FINGERS TO ISOLATE THE BLOWING MECHANISM FROM THE FINGERING 
MECHANISM IN ORDER TO LEARN HOW TO TO PULL A GOOD TONE OUT OF THE INSTRUMENT
b)  BAD SOUNDS HEARD ON THE RECORDER CAN STEM FROM EITHER POOR BLOWING TECHNIQUE, 
POOR FINGERING, OR COMBINATIONS  OF BOTH
c)  USING THE "ECHO" TECHNIQUE TEACHER PLAYS RHYTHMIC PASSAGES THAT ARE REPEATED BY THE
CLASS (SOME PASSAGES THAT THE CLASS ECHOES HAVE GOOD SOUNDS AND SOME BAD ON PURPOSE)
d)  AFTER THE "ECHO" EXERCISE STUDENTS DISCUSS THEIR EXPERIENCES ON THE PRODUCTION OF GOOD 
AND BAD SOUNDS  (PROPER BREATHING, USE OF THE TONGUE, OVER USING THE MOUTH, 
PUFFING THE CHEEKS, BLOWING TOO HARD VS WHISPER AIR)
e)  DISCUSSION AND PRACTICE OF TONGUE ARTICULATIONS TO PRODUCE  EACH SINGLE SOUND
e. PUTTING FINGERS DOWN ON THE RECORDER INTRODUCTION 

GRANADA BEG. STRINGS
1. Assignment of instruments
a. Labelling the cases
b. Passing out of lon forms

HILLVIEW ORCHESTRA
1.  Tuning to concert "A" pitch/long tones
2.  Exercise passage from song : Jingle Bell Rock
a.  Played by the entire group
b.  Chromatic passage taken from the violin part
3.  Jingle Bell Rock first section
4. Jingle Bell Rock second section sight reading
5.  Pachelbel/Jolly: Introduction to the piece