Saturday, October 29, 2016
Good morning Third Grade Recorder Players and lovers of fine music :) -- Today's video lesson has to do with the nights we can achieve with right hand fingerings, specifically E and D. As we saw in class these notes are highly useful for playing all kinds of songs. Just remember -- the more holes you are trying to cover up, the more potential squeaks there will be. So cover the holes completely. A little less air will help too.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Hello again Third Grade -- this video focuses on the note "B," which some people believe is the easiest note to play on the recorder. It is very useful in learning a whole range of tunes from "Hot Cross Buns" to "Jingle Bells." Check it out!
In second and fourth grade late lately we've been focused on sea chanties and workplace songs. These come together in the famous Irish tune "Molly Malone" -- a sailor's song built around a market place cry. I've been using this song (which I learned from my Irish father) to teach 6/8 times for years, but lately I've also begin to use it as a compositional opportunity for students to create their own marketplace cries.
Hi Third Graders -- here's another episode of Three Minute Recorder. This one focuses on improvisation, playing music that you make up on the spot. In this beginning example we are focusing on very short improvisational ideas with one note each. Remember -- particularly in Jazz or Blues improv, playing with swing is more important than what notes you play or how many.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
My brother sent me this cool video. It's about a man from Jordan who invented his own xylophone-like instrument using bits of stone he found in the desert. I thought first graders might especially enjoy checking it out -- how would you classify this man's instrument -- membranophone, idiophone, aerophone or chordophone?
Monday, October 3, 2016
I was very excited to be asked to participate in science night this year. I am planning to demonstrate a few things from a unit I do later in the year about electromagnetism and electric guitars. Here are a few friends helping me test drive parts of that presentation. Come check it out on October 27!
The 4 notes we have learned so far -- D-C-A-G -- will enable us to play this mysterious piece whose name I dare not speak. ;). However, this video will show you how to play it. You can also use the sheet music shown here.
Hi Third Graders -- this video will focus on our 4th note -- the high D. Just remember that the D takes less air than any other note on the recorder (and as we know the recorder takes very little air to begin with.)
As summer gives way to fall, we have have begun to develop more sophisticated music skills and ideas. In second grade that includes developing an ability to play polyrhythmically -- more than one rhythm pattern at the same time. That effort gave me chance to try out the rotating drum circle, an idea I learned from master drum teacher, Jim Solomon.