Music Tech – August 16th (Day 12)

The quiz is tomorrow. Notes here.

Warmup

Listen to the examples of the Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bassline. They can be found at the bottom of the instructions.

Work Session

Continue working on Improvisation Over a Pedal Point Bassline.
Today you may rewrite your bassline and drums as needed. Focus your remaining time on practicing improvisation.

We will take a few minutes to listen to and critique some of the DrumBeatA assignments. Common suggestions for improvement include some of the following items.

  1. Add notes to the downbeat
  2. Add notes to the last beat
  3. Make the pattern more or less consistent. Consistency is good… to a point.
  4. QUANTIZE (try a larger fraction like 1/8 instead of 1/16)

Closing

Take a vocabulary review mini-quiz.

Music Tech – August 15th (Day 11)

Vocab quiz Friday, August 17th. Notes here.

Warmup

If you were unable to turn in your work yesterday, do so now.

  1. Check the name of the file “7-2.Last.First.DrumBeatA”
  2. Zip up the file (Finder, control-click, compress)
  3. Upload the zipped file to the shared folder

Because we ran out of time yesterday we will take a mini-quiz at the beginning and end of class today.

Review the vocab while you wait for Mr. Willingham to start the mini-quiz.

Work Session

  1. Write a pedal point bassline
  2. Improvise a melody over the pedal point bassline

Closing

Take a second mini-quiz.

Music Tech – August 14th (Day 10)

Vocab Quiz Friday, August 17th. Notes here.

Warmup

Turn in your DrumBeatA if you have not already. Remember to…

  1. Name your GarageBand project as 7-1.Last.First.DrumBeatA.
  2. Zip up the GarageBand file (control click -> Compress).
  3. Upload the zip file to your shared folder in OneDrive.

Read the first 4 paragraphs about basslines here. If you finish early, read the work session and then explore GarageBand while you await further instruction.

Work Session

  1. Mr. Willingham will demonstrate how to turn your DrumBeatA into a loop for use in future projects.
  2. Class discussion on basslines. We will listen to some examples.
  3. Start the Pedal Point Bassline project

For our next assignment we will use a special type of baseline called a pedal point bassline. A pedal point bassline is the simplest kind. It consists of a single musical pitch repeated or sustained in the bass voice.

Sustained Pedal Tone Bassline Under a Melody
Sustained Pedal Tone Bassline Under a Melody
Repeated Pedal Tone Bassline Under a Melody
Repeated Pedal Tone Bassline Under a Melody

Listen to two other examples. View the music here & here.

The note that the pedal point bassline is based on is determined by the key of the piece of music. In our case, we will be writing in the key of A minor. In the key of A minor, the bassline should simple be a repeated or sustained A.

For the pedal point assignment, start a new empty project. Save your new project as 7-1.Last.First.PedalPoint. Mr. Willingham will explain and demonstrate how to proceed. A summary of the instructions can be found here.

Closing

Complete the mini review quiz.

Music Tech – August 13th (Day 9)

Warmup

  1. Review the vocabulary here.
  2. The vocab quiz is Friday, August 17th.
  3. Move on to the work session when you are ready.

Work Session

  1. Finish and turn in your first drum beat according to the following instructions.
    1. Setup cycle repeat for 4 measures
    2. Turn on the metronome
    3. Press play & practice playing the kick/bass drum
    4. Activate the recording with the “R” key and record your bass drum rhythm
    5. Deactivate the recording with the “R” key
    6. Practice your next rhythm.
    7. Activate the recording and record your next rhythm.
    8. Repeat the process with all 4-5 of your sounds.
    9. Keep in mind – Simple is not bad.
    10. Extra for 8th grade – Think about how you can make your rhythms less monotonous by creating a beginning, middle, and an end to your 4 measure pattern. Mr. Willingham will explain.
    11. Quantize your rhythms as you work. If you need to review quantizing, watch this Anatomy of GarageBand: Edit Window & Quantization.
    12. Remember, your drum beat must be composed of 4-5 sounds
      1. Kick/bass drum
      2. Snare
      3. Metallic
      4. Choice
      5. Choice
    13. You might find these short videos helpful.
      1. Parts of A Drum Set
      2. Example Drum Beats and Common Rhythms
  2. When you finish…
    1. Start DrumBeatB using the same procedures
      1. 7-1.Last.First.DrumBeatB
    2. Review vocabulary for Friday

Closing

Take a review mini quiz.

Music Tech – August 10th (Day 8)

Warmup

  1. Watch Anatomy of GarageBand: Edit Window & Quantization
  2. Open your DrumBeatA project.
  3. Practice playing the drum kits

Work Session

  1. As a class, we will review how to use overdub recording to make a drum beat.
    1. Setup cycle repeat for 4 measures
    2. Turn on the metronome
    3. Press play & practice playing the kick/bass drum
    4. Activate the recording with the “R” key and record your bass drum rhythm
    5. Deactivate the recording with the “R” key
    6. Practice your next rhythm.
    7. Activate the recording and record your next rhythm.
    8. Repeat the process with all 4-5 of your sounds.
    9. Quantize your rhythms as you work.
  2. Remember, your drum beat must be composed of 4-5 sounds
    1. Kick/bass drum
    2. Snare
    3. Metallic
    4. Choice
    5. Choice
  3. You might find these short videos helpful.
    1. Parts of A Drum Set
    2. Example Drum Beats and Common Rhythms

Music Tech – August 9th (Day 7)

Warmup

  1. Start a new empty project in GarageBand (DAW).
  2. Create 1 Software Instrument (MIDI) track.
  3. Change the file name.
    1. File -> Save As “7-1.LastName.FirstName.DrumBeatA”
  4. Open the library with the “Y” on the keyboard. All of the saved patches are located in GarageBand.
  5. Find the drum patches in the library. Sample the drum kit patches by loading them onto the track and playing on the MIDI controller. You may try electronic or acoustic (normal) drum kits.
  6. Pick a drum patch to use for the assignment and load it onto your 1 track.
  7. Experiment with the drum kit while you wait for further instructions.

Work Session

  1. If we did not finish listening to the scavenger hunt projects yesterday, we will start by listening to the ones we missed.
  2. If we did not finish going over the vocabulary yesterday, we will finish today.
  3. Learn how to record a drum beat by using overdub recording.
    1. Your drum beat must be composed of 4-5 sounds
      1. Kick/bass drum
      2. Snare
      3. Metallic
      4. Choice
      5. Choice
    2. You might find these short videos helpful.
      1. Parts of A Drum Set
      2. Example Drum Beats and Common Rhythms

Music Tech – August 8th (Day 6)

Warmup

Familiarize your self with the drum set by watching these two videos.

  1. Parts of A Drum Set
  2. Example Drum Beats and Common Rhythms

Work Session

  1. Finish turning in the Loop Scavenger Hunt projects.
  2. Listen to some of the Loop Scavenger Hunt projects.
  3. Go over vocabulary notes.
    1. Mr. Willingham will demonstrate each vocabulary term.
    2. The class will discuss to enhance understanding.
  4. Introduce the Drum Beat project.

Music Tech – August, 6th (Day 4)

Work Session

  1. Continue the loop scavenger hunt. Mr. Willingham explained the procedures last week. If you need, review the instructions for the Loop Scavenger Hunt by watching this video (click here).
  2. When you finish, turn in your worksheet, save your GarageBand project, and then freely explore GarageBand. The loop scavenger hunt will be your first graded assignment in the classwork category.
Completed Loop Scavenger Hunt (click to enlarge)
Completed Loop Scavenger Hunt (click to enlarge)

Closing

Complete the mini quiz when instructed. The mini quiz is your second graded assignment in the classwork category.