Vin walks through some fundamentals and small "drills" to identify the weaker areas of your own sight reading skills, then goes into detail about strategies and tricks that will beef up those areas and "level-up" your sight reading skills.
In this class we take a look at what it takes to be a good composer. We first examine existing work and see what dynamics we can use to make a good tune. What chord structures can be used to invoke emotion in the listener? We also discuss two bar phrasing, high hand & low hand dominant phrasing, and idiom choice.
Ever wonder what chord structures there are in bagpiping? Ever try to write harmonies? In this session we break apart some tunes and explain what the different keys are and how tunes are divided by these keys. Enjoy!
In this session we take a look at how we learn and it's relation to what will motivate us as we tackle the bagpipe. We go through the three ways in which we learn and how to make associations between the audial and visual worlds. We also examine "muscle memory" and how that relates to the education process. A must for all teachers and students alike!
Building upon the composition info we went over last week, Bruce takes a look at the class presentations from last week's homework. Some very good entries overall as Bruce makes suggestions to improve flow or chord structure note changes. Also why and where to use technique. More idioms and some more advanced methods next week with more class critiques!
Bruce has compiled several books of compositions, which have quite literally changed the landscape of modern light music. Bruce's compositions were featured by several bands (in particular the 78th Frasers from Ontario) as they rose to the top of the world, and redifined the spirit and complexity of modern pipe band medleys. Bruce has taught at Dojo U before, but now we're going to see a different side of him - the creative side! We start with the basics - what type of tune are we looking to write. Also what its feel should be - happy, sad, etc. We then use chord structure to get a basic melody line and start to add to it. Then adding some technique to accentuate what we need. And yes... there is some homework! Session 1 of 4.
In session 3, Matt takes us on a journey to Swede Lake in Saskatchewan for some unique sound recording. "Under Living Skies" is an ongoing project to use the lake as an instrument. After identifing the resonant frequencies of the lake and assigning several pitches to those frequencies; Matt and others returned to the lake with instruments and speakers to play with the lake! Complete with recordings... this session starts to put the science and the music together.
In session 2 we again take a look at the scientific side of sound. This week, we're going to take our mastery of the physics of sound and look at different tuning systems, how they came about, and what makes them unique. We'll talk about the difference between a tempered tuning system and a Pythagorean tuning system in Western Music, and we'll talk about a few different tuning systems from around the world (and even some alternate tuning systems developed in the 20th century by avant-garde composers.).