Substitute Sectionals

So because our band director had jury duty, in band class today, we had sectionals. In our section, half our section was gone due to instrument issues. We worked out some problems we had in our songs. We worked hard on staying together, and worked on tone quality. In our march, we mainly worked on tone quality, and not rushing. In our slow song, we fixed some rhythmic issue. In our non-march faster song, we practiced staying together, and worked through some runs we had trouble with. It was quite a productive day that we had.

Finding the name of the scales

So all new musicians have trouble finding the name of the scales that they are playing by key signature. So I will be telling you how.

For sharps, the name of the scale is a half step higher than the last sharp. Say that the last note is F#, then by going up a half step, you get G.

For flats, the name of the flat before the last flat is the name of the scale.  Say you have an E flat. You go to the flat before the E flat to get B flat. It is the B flat scale.

I hope this has helped you name scales easier.

Our Christmas Concert Review

Last Wednesday, my school had a Christmas concert in which we played The Glory of Christmas, The Lighter Side of Christmas, Christmas Celebration, White Christmas, and The Music from Frozen.  We did a pretty good job in my opinion, but we could have done better. I know that I played a few wrong notes, but the audience did not notice when I asked some of them about it.

John Philip Sousa and The Stars and Stripes Forever

The Stars and Stripes Forever, written by John Philip Sousa, is considered one of the finest marches written.  As you may know, it is the national march of The United States.   This song has generated emotional responses throughout the ages.  In The Stars and Stripes Forever, for the Grandioso, the Piccolos, Flutes, Clarinets, and Saxophones play the melody the first time through, and then the Trumpets and Trombones join in to end the song.  According to Mr. Sousa “The march was written with the inspiration of God”.

The Haydn Effect

My Final Reviewee is Joseph Haydn.  Another Austrian composer, Haydn is known as the father of symphony.  His music is upbeat, yet relaxing.  It is good music for certain formal occasions, such as a ball.  If you wish to play classical music, I would recommend it, but only if you have quite a bit of experience (for the full piece).  As usual, a link to some of his music is here.

The Wagner Effect

My 9th reviewee is Richard Wagner.  He was a German composer who is most famous for his operas.  Wagner’s pieces can be very empowering, and are sometimes used in movies and TV shows (like The Big Bang Theory).  I enjoyed listening to his music.  Now I have a challenge for you.  Hit the link here, and if you can, without looking, try to identify the piece.  Comment the answer below.

The Ives Effect

Charles Ives is our 8th reviewee.  Ives was an american composer that lived in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries.  A supposed influence on his music may have been listening to his father’s marching band on one side of his hometown’s park, and others on the other side.  I personally enjoyed listening to his music, because it was more symphonic sound. Here is a link to some of his music here.



P.S. I get all my information from Wikipedia.

The Cage Effect

Next is John Cage (literally). An American ‘composer’, he uses many *pauses* different instruments, and personally, I didn’t enjoy listening to it. His most famous piece is called 4’33”, in which the player does nothing but be present. I will give a link to it here.

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