Hi Everyone,

Recently we just had a music summative which required us to compose a 16 bar song. Here is the process through mine:

This was the first (partial) draft that I had tried out:

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I had relatively nice sounding melody, however it was pretty disjunct, apart from the last bar, and it was a little more dissonant that I would have liked. I just thought it was really messy overall, my use of alberti bass clashed with the melody quite a lot, and I wanted to use a lot of 8th notes, and with the alberti bass, this would have clashed a lot.

So… I scrapped that and restarted.

This is my final product:

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I like this a lot better. I used a similar beat (4th note, 4th note, 8th notes and a 4th note) as  the previous draft, however this one is more consonant, which makes it sound a lot better.

Choice of Title/Story:

Although you can’t see it in the picture I added (It was a little difficult to screen cap the whole thing), I titled the piece “The Little Blue Butterfly”. I know it’s a little stereotypical to have these songs written about butterflies, but my song does sound like something that would represent a butterfly. The staccato’s are to represent it’s wings, while the slurs are as it lands on a flower. Bar 11 sounds a little strange, it’s I guess what I would call the “bridge” of the piece, or the “climax” I suppose. This is when, in my mind, the butterfly would run into a cat, that would be chasing it, however, in the end it escapes.

Choice of Instrument and Key:

I chose D major for my song because I wanted something slightly more interesting that the generic C major, and I like D major :D. Also, I chose flute and piano. Personally, I think they sound nice together, I think a woodwind paired with a keyboard-type instrument makes a good duet. I don’t play the flute, however I thought it would be interesting to experiment with a different instrument that I am not familiar with, also, the flute is a light, high instrument that fits well with the title, as it sounds like a butterfly.

Writing of Melody:

Every “4 bar phrase” is pretty similar, but just like we learned in class, I just changed a little bit to make it interesting, however, I didn’t change to much to make it seem like a different song. I made sure to end every phrase with at least a quarter note, and I made sure to make the last note a whole note, to make the song sound complete. As I said above, it was the targeted “relatively conjunct and a little disjunct” and “relatively consonant and a little dissonant”. I did have some large leaps in my song, but not too many, and it makes the song more interesting.

Getting Help:

Before I completed the song, I asked Kenne for feedback. She said it was good, but one particular thing that stood out was bar 11.

It previously looked like this:

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As seen, the notes were really high, and sounded out of place. I listened to my song again and I decided to change it. I lowered the notes and re-listened, and it sounded better.

Afterwards, in class, I also got Joyce’s feedback. She commented that the staccato’s I included really made a difference (in a good way).

 

Chord Choice:

I tried to use different chords, of course, we weren’t allowed to use chords consecutively, and we were restricted with certain chords (ex. first and last chords had to be i to make it sound completed and in D major). I mainly used Chords i, ii, and V, which I think is fine, I didn’t want too many different chords or that might make the song sound quite strange.

Adding Performance Directions:

Well… I don’t think I added too many, but I added staccato’s (through a lot of the song) and a trill at the end, as well as a few slurs. Honestly, before I added them I didn’t know it would make that much of a difference, but listening to the after version it sounded a LOT better. I put the staccatos on my 8th notes , especially the ones on the third beat. It made the song sound quicker and lighter. Then, mainly every fourth bar, I added slurs. They were meant to be a break from the staccato because I didn’t want too much repetition. I added Mezzo forte, and Mezzo piano, just to emphasise certain phrases and add more flavour to the song.

 

Hello everyone!

In music class we have been composing songs, and learning about how to make a song have a good rhythm and how to make it balanced. I gave it a shot and this is my product:

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Please take a look and tell me what you think.

  • Does it finish on a long note?
  • Are the phrases balanced?
  • Is there variety?
  • Is there repetition/imitation?

 

 

How has the content covered in class so far (theory and performance) helped your development as a musician?

The content in class has definitely helped me develop as a musician. Firstly, I think that in order to become a better player you need to understand theory. Through learning theory, I am now able to read notes faster as well as recognise more beats (Like 3/4 or 2/4) and symbols (Bar line, repeat sign, full rest, half rest…) . I also can now recognise the key signatures easier, making it easier for me to play using less time to find out what the sharps or flats are before-hand. The acronym Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle was very helpful for me.

I think the songs learned in class were suitable for my level. There were certain parts that were challenging but after practicing I was able to play consistently. The songs covered had some new notes I didn’t know, such as the low E and F notes, but now I can play quite easily. Every class I am getting better or learning something new, which is really helping my development.

Although we haven’t written music this year yet, I think that my knew acquired knowledge of notes and theory will be helpful if/when we write music.

Discuss the ways in which you are furthering your development as a musician.

Outside of class, I try make an effort to practice all songs we played, but especially the songs that I had trouble playing in class. If there was a note I had trouble playing or I didn’t know, I would go home a practice that song until I improve. Practicing has definitely helped me with my rhythm and notes. For example, at the start of the year I was having difficulty playing high c and high b, but after practicing I am now able to play them fluently and consistently.

Practice has also helped improve my posture and tonguing. I think my tonguing still may not be perfect but it has improved – I’m still working on it :D. Also, through many times of practice I understand the importance of good posture and how it can affect the sound of your clarinet.

Sometimes, I find popular songs adapted to the clarinet and play them for fun because it’s more enjoyable than playing the songs learned in class. This makes me want to learn more as well as helping me learn while having fun.

Another thing I try to do is ask peers or classmates for help when I need it. If I can’t play something or I don’t know something I will ask people in my class and outside of my class for help or advice. In addition to that, with theory, I practiced with my friends and asked them questions if I wasn’t sure about something.

Discuss how other musicians have inspired you to be more successful (consider musician in your class and/or in the school and/or outside of school).

There are many people in my grade who are better than me at my instrument (Clarinet), however, instead of being upset, I look up to them and ask them for help. Often times seeing someone play quite well makes me want to play like them, making me practice more.

My classmate Kenne and I are the only two clarinets in my class as we often help each other with notes we don’t know or with tips to improve. When we play together during warm up I tend to play better and not mess up.

In general, I look up to any musician who is dedicated to what they do, whether they are famous or not. Music is a big part of my life (as it is for several people), and I think people who play or make music are good people too look up to, whether they are playing the clarinet or not. They make me want to play better and try harder.

 

Hi Everyone,

One more music sheet to share with you: (Click to enlarge)

 

 

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Unfortunately, during class on that day I was really tired and could not concentrate. This made completing the already confusing sheet a little more difficult. After completing the sheet and checking my answers, I did find quite a few errors. After fixing them, I am confident that although it may take me a little longer to get the answer, I understand the concept and I know how to get the answer.