Thursday, November 18, 2010

Made a note in class today to look into getting a copy of "The Art of Modulating: for Harpists, Pianist, and Organists" by Carlos Salzedo & Lucile Lawrence. Because we're learning modulation! I was not aware that instigating a key change with a chord change was called modulating.

I have the book. I seem to remember being told by someone years ago to get it as it is a useful reference to have. Well, it's a useful reference if you know what modulating means.

Now that I do, the final discussion of constructing glissandi is SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING. There are two kinds: harmonic and melodic. Melodic is not discussed because they are 'the domain of composition and are unlimited in number, but,[...] they have no modulating value' and now I'm curious about those.

BUT harmonic glisses are constructed on dominant 7th and 9th chords, major tonic triads with added 2nd and 6th, diminished 7th chords, and whole tone scales. Thus facilitating key and/or chord changes. Delicious!

Practice notes: still making lots of progress on Passacaille, goal of =144
Practicing goes better if I do not also do all my upper body PT exercises in the morning.
**Find another time to do them.**

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Worked on Passacaille up two down one, arms got shaky. Tried to move on to Rumba, but got discouraged.

Managed to complete melody writing assignment. Things are starting to click in to place, but this is something that takes practice and continual practice, at that.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blogger is so effing slow!

Tried to write music, I think I need to try something simpler.