School of Rock – Day 9 – Workflow

SUMMARY

I had some technical difficulties again but this time I tried everything I could and did not get the first videos to load. But I still learned a lot about song dynamics in the other videos.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

  • I could not get the videos to work. Each time I clicked on the links, they said that the video is no longer available. I tried reloading and reconnecting my wifi, but nothing worked. 

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • https://youtu.be/YS4UVy9MF_0
  • I learned that blues is different from other types of music and is more about running the blues scales in between notes. I also learned about quick changes and turnarounds. 

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

  • https://youtu.be/sjnz002F_bA
  • I learned that making music for an audience is very different than making music for one’s self. For example, one must make the music more widely relatable and market it as such. Music videos and correct lighting in them is crucial to create the right vibe to get across the message of the music.

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

  • https://youtu.be/bEusrD8g-dM
  •  “reality is out there for us to perceive it” I learned that stepping outside the box is hard because it is so risky in that no one knows exactly what is out there. Whether we wait for the perfect opportunity to step out or we use specific techniques to get us thinking outside the box. 

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I learned a lot about the creative process and fear of failure as well as how to appeal to a larger audience. Some of the videos at the beginning were not available but the other ones were easy to access.

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

 I found the dynamic variety of songs and how to create dimension very interesting.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

Watching the videos that I picked was very engaging because I got to focus on engaging topics that helped me individually.

School of Rock – Day 8 – Leadership

SUMMARY

The videos about songwriting were very interesting and inspiring. I had some technical difficulties but I figured them out. I liked that I got to choose the videos I wanted to watch and got to really focus on the material that was helpful.

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY

  1. Leading by example
  2. I would like to record a song I recorded an make song nice background vocals. 

CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bduMzXKvegE
  • I liked how it showed how the melody starts to come together starting from just simple notes and chords. I think people overcomplicate making songs when the real part is feeling the music and improvising. 

LAB (THEORY PRACTICED)

PRACTICE ROOM (GUITAR LESSONS)

  • https://youtu.be/TSrfB7JIzxY
  • I found it interesting that even the finger stretches were affecting the entire arm and its muscles. Increasing hand strength and flexibility can help with more difficult chords. 

OUTSIDE (CREATIVITY & THE BRAIN)

  • https://youtu.be/jNFBoBAAYuw
  • Brainstorming is most effective if you can write ideas down and not worry about remembering everything you are thinking about and let your mind flow freely. Being messy in the initial brainstorm and then tidying and refining later can help organize the raw creative ideas.

STUDIO (SONGWRITING)

CONTROL ROOM (RECORDING & MIXING)

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

  • I learned about the writing process and to value my ideas even if they don’t seem like the best in the moment. I had some difficulties with the videos loading but I fixed it quite quickly. 

TODAY’s ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

What interested you about the material?

I really enjoy songwriting and find it therapeutic so seeing the process all laid out was familiar and calming.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

Which activities engaged you most? Why?

I think choosing which video I wanted to focus on really helped instead of a ton of videos all together. I absorbed the info much better.

School of Rock – Day 6 – Bass Basics

SUMMARY

Write your daily summary last, at the end of the day here… Only one to two sentences.

I learned about how to use bass to compliment the strong chords in a melody. I also admired the bassists in the videos.

CLASSROOM

Watch How Bass Works (47 minutes)

Write notes of topics you want to remember.

The roots of chords is the bassline. The bassline might go up while the melody goes down. Scales can be used to create dynamic basslines.

LAB

Step 1: Watch How to write Chromatic Notes in Hookpad (some bass lines are based on chromatic scale)

screenshot from HookTab

Step 2: Watch 3 ways to use Hookpad’s MIDI drag-drop feature (you can create basslines and more and export to Soundtrap and other DAW – digital audio workstations)

Screenshot from HookLab

Step 3: Try making a bassline to a chord progress or melody line.

How was this activity? Write a reflection on what you did and learned.

It was a little confusing but it was interesting.

PRACTICE ROOM

Step 1: Watch How To Add Bass Notes [Guitar Strumming Lessons] by Tomas Michaud

Screenshot from Tomas Michaud video

Step 2: Download the guitar TABS for his exercise (PDF)

Step 3: Practice one of the exercises

Write a brief reflection on how both of these exercises are working.

I found it pretty easy and rewarding as far as adding more to the basic chords that I know.

Profile in Excellence

Screenshot from Polyphonic at YouTube

Profile in Excellence

Image from Wikipedia

OUTSIDE / JOURNAL / IDEAS

Choice 1: Explore Carol Kaye and James Jamerson’s Profiles in Excellent.  These are two bass players are credited with creating some of the best bass lines!  Then go for a walk and think of the funky work they created.

Choice 2: Flip through the Quizlet on Bass Composition Techniques flashcards a couple times.

After playing with Quizlet, go for a walk and think about bass lines.  Think of songs that have great basslines.  When you are back from your walk, you might want to research more about the notes that make those basslines stand out?

Screenshot from Quizlet Bass Composition Techniques

Write a brief reflection on your mental meanderings.

I contemplated how the bassline sets up a steady foundation for the chord to rest on as well as the melody to lean against.

STUDIO

Play around with playing the low E string (6th string on the top of the neck) on your guitar. Create a simple three note-ish bassline. Get funky with it.  Try different plucking tempos to great the groove. You can even try playing Smoke on the Water

Screenshot from Kidsguitarzone.com

What did you compose? Write a reflection on what you did.

I was literally just playing smoke on the water before I read this, and I also love the bassline of come as you are by Nirvana.

CONTROL ROOM

Record the bass line you developed in the studio.

How was this did the recording go? Write a short reflection.

It went well, fairly easy to record, maybe a little hard without other instruments to keep the tempo.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Tell your daily story here!  Highlight what you learned and enjoyed most and at least one problem you solved. Problem-solving is one of the most important skills you need in life. Employers want to know HOW you get stuff done as much as WHAT you got done.

I had a lot of fun with experimenting and playing with ideas. The video of the guy with the lisp made me laugh and the videos about the bass artists were very inspiring.

ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Content (The WHAT)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 4

What interested you about the material?

I enjoyed learning about how to make an interesting bassline that compliments the melody and chords.

Process (The HOW)

Rating: OK  – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  – HIGHLY ENGAGED

Rating: 3

Which activities engaged you most? Why?

I think the recording on my own really was my favorite part just because there was no pressure to create something good. I got to just play around.

School of Rock – Day 4 – Harmony Basics

SUMMARY

Write your daily summary last, at the end of the day here… Only one to two sentences.

I learned about notes and chords and how they create tension and release. I also figured out my technical difficulty with my audio on soundtrap.

CLASSROOM

Watch How Harmony Works (47 minutes)

Write notes of topics you want to remember.

There are 24 major and minor triads. passing notes don’t have to follow the same rules of other notes. Suspensions are used to create a feeling of longing for resolution. Seventh chords are used in most rock and roll for power.

LAB

Watch the tutorial and write some chords in HookPad

How was this activity? Write a reflection on what you did and learned.

I learned that there are stable and unstable notes. I also learned that hookpad gives guides for suggested chords.

PRACTICE ROOM

  • Continue practicing the notes on the first three frets on your guitar with the Quizlet Guitar Strings / Notes Flashcards
  • Continue practicing your chosen song
  • Write a brief reflection on how both of these exercises are working.

OUTSIDE / JOURNAL / IDEAS

Go for a walk and think about the Tonic (1 chord) and the Dominant (5 chord) and how they create push and pull, tension and release in composition.

  • Tonic (1 and 8 chords)
    • Root note creates a feeling of resolution and stability
  • Supertonic, Mediant, Submediant (2, 3, 6 chords)
    • Moderate tension, useful for transitions
  • Dominant, Subdominant, Leading Tone (4, 5, 7 chords)
    • Create lots of tension to get to the tonic

Mr. Le Duc’s Key of C Major Notes and Chords Chart (PDF)

STUDIO

Watch this informative video by Jake Lizzio. Experiment with notes on your guitar and try playing along with him. If you cannot do this play just the C note or chord every time he plays it.

CONTROL ROOM

Tune your guitar. Try recording two tracks of guitar.  One with the single notes like Jake Lizzio showed you above and a second with the lower C bass notes to make a simple progression. Remember two notes playing at the same time is harmonyKeep it simple.  Refer to your Quizlet Guitar Strings / Notes Flashcards if you need help remembering the guitar notes on the first three frets. Set a timer. Stop playing before you feel like Chewbacca below.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Tell your daily story here!  Highlight what you learned and enjoyed most. Problem-solving is one of the most important skills you need in life. Employers want to know HOW you get stuff done as much as WHAT you got done.

I solved my problem of my laptop no putting out sound. I learned about different types of notes and chords.

School or Rock – Day 3 – Melody Basics

SUMMARY

Write your daily summary last, at the end of the day here… Only one to two sentences.

I learned how to make melodies with steps and leaps as my building blocks. Also soundtrap has many features that make music making seem easy.

CLASSROOM

Watch How Melody Works (47 minutes)

Write notes of topics you want to remember.

Music is universal and the entire world uses the same musical language; the pentatonic scale. There are three components to every melody, the notes, the range of high or low, and how far apart they are.

LAB

Watch the tutorial and write the melody to twinkle twinkle.

11 55 66 5 44 33 22 1

44 33 22 1

44 33 22 1

How was this activity? Write a reflection on what you did and learned.

I learned how to use hookpad to experiment with music and try songs in different styles.

PRACTICE ROOM

I was a little confusing at first because I am not used to reading music but I know my way around a gutair.

OUTSIDE / JOURNAL / IDEAS

Watch Elizabeth Gilbert discuss creativity.  Write anything you found interesting and useful.

Creativity through the years was originally thought to come from other sources than the person themself. But if one thinks they are the root of their creativity, they will burn out and be disappointed. We must let creativity flow through us.

OPTIONAL TODAY: Go for a walk and think about what she shared.

STUDIO

  • By Jamie Henke, music.wisc.edu/faculty/jamie-henke/
    • As you watch Jamie Henke define and explain melody terms, YOU write them below…
    • (hint: if the definition appears on the screen, pause and write it down)

Melody Composition Terms

  • Theme – a longer, more flowing melodic idea
  • Motive – a short, rhythmic idea
  • Period – Musical Sentence of eight measures
  • Phrase – Sentence Fragment of four measures
  • Antecedent (Question) Phrase – First Phrase
  • Consequent (Answer) Phrase – Second Phrase
  • Scale Degrees
    • Tonic – one scale degree, stability and resolution
    • Supertonic, Mediant, Submediant – scale degree with moderate tension
    • Dominant, Subdominant, Leading Tone – several scale degree, tension and need for resolution
  • Steps – any movement using half or whole steps
  • Leaps – any movement using intervals larger than whole steps
  • Conjunct motion – melody primarily built out of steps
  • Disjunct motion – melody primarily built of leaps
  • Repetition – use related material to link the two phrases of a period
  • Contrast – use two contrasting phrases to create tension and interest
  • Variation – use some related material and some contrasting material

Melody Resources

Mr. Le Duc’s Key of C Major Notes and Chords Chart (PDF)

CONTROL ROOM

Learn how to Create Tracks

Explore the Piano Roll, Drawing and Moving Notes

Learn to Edit Notes, Velocity, and More

Learn to Create Your Own Presets

  • Write a brief reflection on how this process worked for you.

It is very easy to use soundtrap because of how customizable it is with its different tracks, rolls and individualized instruments.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Tell your daily story here!  Highlight what you learned and enjoyed most. Problem-solving is one of the most important skills you need in life. Employers want to know HOW you get stuff done as much as WHAT you got done.

I learned a lot about soundtrap and how to use the personalized features. I learned that melody has a very specific recipe with leaps and steps and repetition and contrast.

School or Rock – Day 2 – Basics and Foundations

 

SUMMARY

Write your daily summary last, at the end of the day here… Only one to two sentences.

I learned about music theory and how to use the different instruments and features on soundtrap. But my laptop output was not working today for sound.

 

CLASSROOM

Write notes of topics you want to remember.

Major scales move in whole, whole, and a half.

LAB

Explore some more songs at https://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab/charts/chart/top

Write what you noticed about some of the songs you explored.  What keys were they in? What were their tempos? What about the note or chord structure was interesting? These are just some of the criteria you might want to examine.

A minor key, 131 bmp for tempo, and it was done on piano.

B flat minor key, 87 bpm for temp, and it was done on piano.

PRACTICE ROOM

Watch these videos and connect your guitar to Soundtrap and get some sound happening. Have fun exploring audio options.

  • Write a brief reflection on how this process worked for you.

I couldn’t get the output audio to work on my laptop, the input was working, I could see the waves on the screen, but I couldn’t hear it.

JOURNAL

Go for a walk. Think about your life as a narrative for today.  A story of today. You as the protagonist. What/who is your nemesis? Are you trying to win/accomplish something? What? Write notes here about what you thought… and experiment with your blog.  Maybe change the theme? Have fun!

I found that my nemesis is doubt and instability. I am working on being more grounded and mindful. To do this, I have signed up for yoga classes and lit lit some incense in my room.

STUDIO

Finish Soundtrap.com expert training here…and play with your guitar.

https://academy.soundtrap.com/p/soundtrap-expert

CONTROL ROOM

Get to Know the Studio

Explore the Regions

Explore Tracks

  • Write a brief reflection on how this process worked for you.

I liked looking through all the instruments available. Even though I don’t play them all, they are all there and easy to use for the most part.

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Tell your daily story here!  Highlight what you learned and enjoyed most.  Also, share what you needed to do to complete the day’s work. Problem-solving is one of the most important skills you need in life. Employers want to know HOW you get stuff done as much as what you got done.

I observed a lot but didn’t get to experience anything with my music because of technical difficulties.

School of Rock; Day 1

 

School of Rock – Day 1 – Silence, Safety, Tools, and Goals

SUMMARY

Write your daily summary last, at the end of the day here…

I had some technical difficulties but I figured out how to learn all of the material I needed.

Only one to two sentences.

CLASSROOM

Image of Gordon Hempton
Image by Richard Darbonne, © All Rights Reserved.

Listen to https://onbeing.org/programs/gordon-hempton-silence-and-the-presence-of-everything/

Safety

Watch 3-minute video preview: https://www.hrmvideo.com/catalog/listen-smart-safely-handling-the-power-of-sound

 

Add details to the notes below that you found interesting…

  • Goal: listen to music in a way that it will enrich but not harm you
  • 10%-20% of high schoolers have hearing damage
  • Hearing damage can happen in one occasion, doesn’t have to be constant
  • No cure!
  • Temporary Threshold Shift: “hearing hangover”
  • Wearing earplugs doesn’t change the quality of sound but just the volume
  • High-frequency loss is most commons with musicians
  • Distancing yourself from the source and earplugs are the best way to prevent hearing loss
  • Stimulants while listening to music can increase the risk of hearing damage
  • Resting your ears is important, space out concerts
  • 70 dB, no risk
  • 85 dB, risk after 8 hours
  • 91dB, 2 hours without damage
  • 100 dB, 15 minutes without damage
  • 115 dB, 1 minute without damage
  • 140 dB, immediate damage and pain
  • Symptoms of damage, tinnitus, muffled hearing, and other mental and physical problems like irritability, depression, high blood pressure, and fatigue
  • damage is done when the cochlea hair cells in the inner ear are damaged, they do not grow back. These are what interpret vibrations and turn them into what we hear
  • damage done to the eardrum can be healed and repaired, but damage done to the cochlea hairs cannot be healed
  • leaving spaces of time in between loud noises can help heal hearing if the hairs have not been broken all the way

Advice

LAB

Write learning reflection here…

Hookpad can provide the tech in order to record music. Refreshing the page can give you a new, fresh page. Basic pop songs are built up of four components., chords, melody, lyrics, and instruments; these can all be found in Hookpad.

Write learning reflection here… and explore some songs at https://www.hooktheory.com/theorytab

Theory tab can be used to analyze songs into their piano notes and chords as well as lyrics.

PRACTICE ROOM

Set a STRETCH goal here…

  • Pick a song you would like to learn on the guitar that you can also find an online video tutorial to help you.  If you are a beginner, a simple song is better. We will review this tomorrow.

I would like to learn how to play Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. Least the chorus.

Guitar Tabs Explained

Write notes here…

JOURNAL

Write notes here… and experiment with your blog.  Maybe change the theme? Have fun!

write post title

write post without copy and pasting

update or publish

STUDIO

Start Soundtrap.com expert training here…

https://academy.soundtrap.com/p/soundtrap-expert

CONTROL ROOM

Finish Soundtrap.com expert training here…

Insert your certificate when you finish by clicking the ADD MEDIA button above, uploading a picture of your certificate, and placing it where Mr. Le Duc’s image is below. (Remove Mr. Le Duc’s image)

WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED

Tell your daily story here!  Highlight what you learned and enjoyed most.  Also, share what you needed to do to complete the day’s work. Problem-solving is one of the most important skills you need in life. Employers want to know HOW you get stuff done as much as what you got done.

I enjoyed learning about loops and shouts because of their easy to use collaboration tools. I needed to figure out how to insert and image instead of copying and pasting.

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scottleduc

My name is Scott Le Duc. I have been a learner all of my life. I am an autodidact. So, I am in the right profession. I currently work at Capital High School as a Career and Technical Educator focusing on art and technology instruction, Generation YES as a curriculum developer and trainer for GenerationTECH.net, and Lesley, City and St. Martin’s Universities as an adjunct faculty working in the Masters in Teaching program. I conduct a workshop for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) titled Teaching 2.0. I showcase web 2.0 tools like screencasting, podcasting, wiki’s, blogs, RSS, Tagging, social bookmarks, online social networks, media tools (YouTube Video, Flickr Photo Gallery), Multiple Intelligences, great presentation techniques, brain research-based teaching philosophies and tools like Understanding by Design (UBD) mind mapping, project-based learning, total quality learning, arts integration, creativity, productivity and other relevant techniques to help teachers better connect with and instruct students. This site is for others like myself that revel in relevant reverie, enjoy effective education, participate in powerful presentations, and create collaborative communication. Most of all, for people who love what they do and do what they love. To Quote M.K. Gandhi, “My life is my message.” 

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