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Practice - Day 30

2-5-1 ascending chord tones (1st inversion) in the key of C (out of time and with backing track)

Time: 0:25

Disappearing metronome: bossa, “Fever”

Time: 0:15… 51 more words

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在「視唱」系列的上一篇文章,筆者介紹了固定視唱法(fixed-do solfége)和移動視唱法(movable-do solfége)並討論了它們的優劣。而移動視唱法在處理小調方面,有兩種方法,它們分別是小調唱 “la” 和 小調唱 “do”。


小調唱 “la”(la-based minor)

香港慣用的視唱法,小調唱 “la” 的意思是把小調的第一個音級(scale-degree)唱成 “la” 。這種視唱法強調相對調性(relative keys),因為一個大調音階和它的相對小調音階都是用同一套音節(syllable),學生只需要多學 “fi” 和 “si” 就能唱旋律小調(melodic minor)和和聲小調(harmonic minor)的音階。閱譜方面,使用相對調性轉調的音樂(例如 C 大調轉至 A 小調)將變得非常易唱。然而,自小受這種視唱法訓練的學生,未必會發現其缺點 - 當小調的主音(tonic)唱 “la” ,就會衍生出兩套音節系統,大調和小調的主音以不同的音節代表,令音節不能反映其音級功能(scale-degree function)。若課堂以視唱方式來進行教學(大學一年級的音樂課),小調唱 “la” 會造成一些違反直覺的效果,例如大調屬和弦(dominant)的組成音會唱作 “sol”、”ti”、”re”,而小調的屬和弦卻唱作 “mi”、”si”、”ti”,換言之,把 ”sol” 說成屬和弦的根音(root)並不能用於小調,在教學上,這或多或少會造成影響。 43 more words

Music Theory

Improvising Using Skips

Are your improvisations based more on the chord changes (Coleman Hawkins approach) or on the melody (Lester Young approach)?  Many players look at the chord progressions and derive either arpeggios or scale patterns based on the indicated changes.  97 more words


An Unusual Ear Training Tool

I’m always looking for ways to better my ears for music. Bebot synth app is an unusual and fun way to accomplish that.

Bebot is called a robot synth for the cute little guy on the screen. 427 more words


Practice - Day 6

Morning session:

2-5-1 chord tones going up, starting from each string. Keys: G, D (both with backing track)

Time: 0:30

Evening session:

Disappearing metronome practice (2-5-1 bossa). 79 more words

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Music Makers and Booty Shakers

What do you get when you cross a Korg Triton LE, Cubase 7.5, Mackie speakers, and a toddler?  A fun time.  I know what you’re thinking….why is a baby in your recording studio?   434 more words

Check Out This Great Saxophone Web Site

Jeff Rzepiela is a talented reed player and arranger.  His web site contains many transcriptions of solos by the masters of jazz.   Check out his latest newsletter… 57 more words