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#16 BadStrad

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 22:08

No real new objectives, but discovering I can 'open mic' a new song to my ukulele club on Zoom and a) not make an idiot of myself , b) other members enjoying the songs, has been a great confidence booster. Also learning some of said new songs has involved some basic transposition into chosen keys and/or trying something in a few different keys to see what works.

That open miking sounds fantastic.

Are you transposing by ear or notation? My old violin teacher used to get me to do transposition aurally given just the tonic. Such fun! ;)
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Posted 15 July 2020 - 22:10

Aw, BadStrad, I know this LOVELY flute teacher...
 :D  :rolleyes:  ;)

I know! :D She is first on my list of contacts if I decide to go for it. x
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Posted 15 July 2020 - 22:39

Have heard some piano music by C V Alkan recently. Might get some to try

That'll be a good work out for the fingers. Let us know how you find it, please.
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Posted 16 July 2020 - 15:20

 

No real new objectives, but discovering I can 'open mic' a new song to my ukulele club on Zoom and a) not make an idiot of myself , b) other members enjoying the songs, has been a great confidence booster. Also learning some of said new songs has involved some basic transposition into chosen keys and/or trying something in a few different keys to see what works.

That open miking sounds fantastic.

Are you transposing by ear or notation? My old violin teacher used to get me to do transposition aurally given just the tonic. Such fun! ;)

 

By notation. I still find this kind of thing hard...


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#20 BadStrad

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 15:39

By notation. I still find this kind of thing hard...

The songs, we were working on mostly used pentatonic scales which helped, as they're easier.  For a long time I really didn't like that kind of improvisational work (partly because I found it so hard) but now I'm glad he made me stick at it.  Sometimes I have a song stuck  in my head (an ear worm) and the only way to get rid of it seems to be to play it.  Generally it isn't something I have the music to so I play along in the key of my "in head" version, which I suspect is often a transposition of the original.  It probably helps that on the violin I'm only having to follow the melody line.


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 22:03

 

Aw, BadStrad, I know this LOVELY flute teacher...
  :D  :rolleyes:  ;)

I know! :D She is first on my list of contacts if I decide to go for it. x

 

:D  :D  :D

 

(I know this nice Kod├íly teacher too  ;) .  Pentatonic scales and transformation into different tonalities a specialism  :D )


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 21:31

It's been about composing something personal to me  - not in the hope of any public or commercial involvement. The discovery was a way to modulate within the locrian mode which allows extended material without resolution. Not the first time I've thought about it but it's always eluded me.. There's no cadence as chord I has no 5th. But of course cadences exist within the mode, like chord VI to II that sounds like a perfect cadence. Things like this can be played upon and it's always possible to add 7ths, 9ths etc to the triads.


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Posted 14 June 2021 - 08:51

I heard about Jamulus in passing via the Midlands Early Music Forum newsletter last August (or thereabouts), in which it was mentioned that some members had been using it to keep up their ensemble playing. It's such a shame that it took me so long to even be aware that such a thing existed. Even before the lockdown I had despaired of finding other people to pay with on a more frequent basis than thrice-yearly workshops. Maybe if I had been a member of a regular one-to-a-part ensemble I might have heard about Jamulus or JamKazam sooner. But I wasn't and I didn't. You reap what you sow.


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#24 Rach123

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 23:11

-dead thread revival alert-

 

but a good time to revive it.

 

I discovered and fell in love with the tenor saxophone at Christmas and have been playing it once a week for my zoom band rehearsals. Also Spotify premium


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#25 BadStrad

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 00:31

I sometimes consider getting a saxophone, or an oboe. How are you finding the sax, Rach123?
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#26 Clovis

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 09:29

It's learning the oboe for me. That and trying to play from memory on the piano. Oboe is making the better progress.


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Posted 15 June 2021 - 20:49

I sometimes consider getting a saxophone, or an oboe. How are you finding the sax, Rach123?

struggling with notes lower than an f (the lower notes keep coming out an octave higher). I so should practise it more! :rolleyes: :D

but other than that i love it.


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Posted 16 June 2021 - 09:04

I heard about Jamulus in passing via the Midlands Early Music Forum newsletter last August (or thereabouts), in which it was mentioned that some members had been using it to keep up their ensemble playing. It's such a shame that it took me so long to even be aware that such a thing existed. Even before the lockdown I had despaired of finding other people to pay with on a more frequent basis than thrice-yearly workshops. Maybe if I had been a member of a regular one-to-a-part ensemble I might have heard about Jamulus or JamKazam sooner. But I wasn't and I didn't. You reap what you sow.

I and two colleagues (two rural UK, one on the continent) have found Soundjack (soundjack.eu) to be a much better experience than Jamulus, to which we were on the point of subscribing. With soundjack we sometimes suffer from glitches in the (admittedly not the best) network connections but when it works properly it is very clear and there is an acceptable latency of only around 50ms.


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