Friday, February 1st, 2019

Warmup

Review the vocab in preparation for a Kahoot review game.

Work Session

  1. Kahoot review
  2. Practice and review binary and ternary form

Quiz #2

The next quiz is Friday, February 8th. Click here for the notes.

Leader Board

NLR – KnowingGoose 28679

IRG – TropicalSloth 28508

RD – CleverDragon 28394

EEG – AmazonPelican 26127

BSM – CaringSquid 26149

NP – SpeedyLizard 26096

ST – WittyPenguin 25808

SK – QuickWolf 25782

JDP – GeniusYeti 25682

NRH – PurplePanda 25476

CSN – SmoothElk 25467

SKR – AmusingUrchin 25399

AOW – SturdyGnu 25350

EEC – ExpertBunny 25025

CRT – TropicalEmu 24840

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Makeup work and quiz corrections are available Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8AM. Everyone can earn credit back on their quiz and replace zeros for missing work.

Warmup

Watch this video about Form & Structure. You may explore GarageBand when you finish the video.

Work Session

  1. Discuss the video.
  2. Listen to pop music and some sample binary tunes and label the formal sections.
  3. Use the “First Song” project to create music in Binary and Ternary form.
    1. Chop your 16 measure melody into 4 measure sections
    2. Pick two sections that are most different from each other
    3. Rearrange and copy-and-paste the sections to create a binary and a ternary form using your original melody
    4. Clean up the work space and double check quantizing before listening to the result
    5. Command T is the shortcut for splitting regions
  4. Discuss the effect of form
    1. Did your project become more enjoyable or interesting?
    2. Does your music make more sense?

Quiz #2

The next quiz is Friday, February 8th. Click here for the notes.

Friday, January 25th, 2018

Work Session

Complete Thursday’s assignment and turn it in. Take all of the available time. When you finish, reread the instructions and double check that you did not miss anything.

If you finish before the end of class and you’re proud of what you wrote, turn it in. You may work on a project of your own in GarageBand.

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

You have two days. Work alone. Work silently. I am excited to hear your work on Monday.

Work Session

  1. Start a new GarageBand project and save the file as
    1. 8-1.Last.First.FirstSong
    2. 7-2.Last.First.FirstSong
    3. etc….
  2. Add a total of 3 software instrument tracks.
  3. Set the patch of the first track to a drum set and label the track “Drum Beat”
  4. Set the patch of the second and third track to “Steinway Grand Piano” and label them “Melody” and “Bass”
  5. On the first track, compose a new drum beat according to the guidelines we previously used.
    1. Four measures long exactly.
    2. Use a four-on-the-floor kick drum pattern.
    3. Minimum of two additional sounds in different rhythms (for a total of 3 sounds minimum).
      1. Use good judgement to determine the maximum number of sounds.
    4. Must use a snare drum (D1) and a metallic sound (usually sharps and flats).
    5. All rhythms must be quantized accurately.
  6. Loop the “Drum Beat” four times so that it lasts exactly 16 measures. Watch video #1 below for explanation.
  7. On the “Bass” track compose a simple bass line that uses only 1 or 2 natural notes of your choice.
    1. Quantize the bass line when you finish
    2. Listen to your work after you finish.
    3. Watch video #2 below for explanation.
  8. On the “Melody” track compose a melody that starts on the first note of your bass line.
    1. Your melody may be any idea of your own original creation.
    2. Use only natural notes (white keys)
    3. Quantize your melody when you finish
    4. Listen to your work after you finish.
    5. Watch video #3 below for explanation.
  9. Practice making your drums, bass line, and melodies better. Quantize and listen each time while you make improvements.
  10. Try changing the patches for the bass line and melody after you  have finished. Can you find a better choice of instruments?

Video #1 – Drum Set and Setup

Video #2 – Bass line

Video #3 – Melody and final thoughts

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Quiz makeups and other makeup work may be completed any morning next week. Arrive as early as 8:00 AM.

Warmup

  1. Hand out venn diagrams, but do not mark on them until instructed.
  2. As a class we will listen to some music and identify the bass and melody lines and the instruments used.

Work Session

  1. On the back of the worksheets you may take notes while we discuss some of the characteristics of bass lines, melodies, and drums. During the discussion we will listen to example music to improve understanding.
  2. After discussing we will summarize the discussion on the venn diagram. Wait for instructions before marking on the diagram.

 

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

There are no quiz make-ups or morning broadcast the mornings of Thursday or Friday (Jan 24-25).

Warmup

  1. Watch this video reviewing overdub recording, four-on-the-floor, and quantization.
  2. Go to the work session when you finish.

Work Session

  1. You will have approximately 15 minutes to complete your beat. That is enough time for you to start from scratch if needed. You beat must meet all of the following requirements.
    1. Four measures long exactly.
    2. Use a four-on-the-floor kick drum pattern.
    3. Minimum of two additional sounds in different rhythms (for a total of 3 sounds minimum).
      1. Use good judgement to determine the maximum number of sounds.
    4. Must use a snare drum (D1) and a metallic sound (usually sharps and flats).
    5. All rhythms must be quantized accurately.
  2. When you finish save you work as follows.
    1. 8-1.Last.First.FourFloor
    2. Use your class period in place of 8-1
  3. After everyone has saved their work, Mr. Willingham will review the turn in procedure and check that all work is turned in. If you finish early and are waiting, start a new project and explore instrument patches with the word bass in their name.
  4. With the remaining time we will discuss bass lines and melodies.
Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)

Labeled Keyboard (click to enlarge)

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Warmup

Your quiz is tomorrow.

  1. Use the notes to complete vocab practice #2.
    1. Click here for the vocab practice #2.
    2. Click here for the notes.
  2. Explore drums in GarageBand when you finish.

Work Session

  1. Go over the warmup.
  2.  Review
    1. What are the parts of a drum set?
    2. What are other percussion instruments might be used for a beat in popular music?
    3. What is four-on-the-floor?
  3. Record a four-on-the-floor pattern if you have not already.
  4. Discuss quantizing briefly
    1. Quantize the kick drum to 1/4
  5. Discuss overdub recording.
  6. Use overdub recording to add rhythms and sounds of your choice on top of the four-on-the-floor pattern.
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