Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
I am just beginning to read the book Soul Coaching by Denise Linn.
The first assignment is to assess six key areas of my life:
- Spiritual Fulfilment
The following are short summaries of my feelings in each area.
I have not been to a doctor in nearly one year, possibly more. I do not have health insurance. I generally feel well, although I do feel depressed some days. My co-worker Becca told me that cyclic mood swings might be related to my testosterone cycle. I am learning to eat well and to get enough protein, amino acids, sleep, sunlight, etc.. I have trouble with all the aforementioned necessities.
I am single. I am working on my relationship with myself. I am learning how ‘normal’ relationships progress or develop. I feel welcome and loved by the community here at Woolman.
I have no savings. No bank account. Some debt.
I spend most of my money on books and food. I make around $40 per week.
I am fortunate to be working with and learning about Free Software and Networking. I am an intern in a progressive Social Profit organization.
I feel that most of my creativity and synthesis comes in the form of music. I have written some musical phrases and diagrams for aleatoric expression. I am currently learning to program and hope to create some of the ideas that have been given to me. I would like to share my creations freely with all people.
I have attended Quaker meetings for 10 months and feel a strong connection to Quaker practices and beliefs.I feel that I am developing a stronger sense of self through meditation, action, and reflection.
I outlined a pathway for learning Music Theory today that I have taught/learned on a peer-to-peer basis for about two years. The course is divided into 8 lessons. The lessons are progressive and pragmatic in that they build up a foundation of knowledge that has direct, generative application.
I plan to include a diagram, which I am currently designing, that will encompass the foundations of tonal music composition and that can be used as a quick reference for improvisation, composition, and memorization. Additional lessons will include more triads, sevenths, extended, and ‘exotic chords’, aleatoric composition, and the overtone series.
The realm of music theory also provides many opportunities for metaphoric and mnemonic realization. Mnemonics and patterns can help to reduce the amount of rote memorization a student must endure. Metaphors include the solar system (chord function and compositional probability), moon phases (chord leading/resolution), ocean surf (occlusion, chromaticism, musical movements, orchestral composition), Escher’s stairs (the octave and compound intervals), light waves (synesthesia and visual recognition), and constellations (stringed instrument chord and scale forms at various resolutions, e.g. triad, seventh, pentatonic, heptatonic.)
A composition in collaboration with Jared Feola at Woolman Semester.
Key A D b A E f# b A E f# b c# E Key D D G f# A D b f# A f# b D A Key E c# E B g# c# E B f# A g# E Emaj7 Key C F d C G a d C G a d e G Key F F B♭ a C F d a C (repeat x3) a d F C animal sounds* Key G e G D b e G D a C d G7 C *sheep, dog, crow, turkey cat, owl, cow, chicken Coyote, frog, ..., TURTLE
G, C9, Asus4, A, Asus2
e7+9, e6+9, e+9
Playing music in the forest, I met a man and his wife. We spoke about research and sharing knowledge. I shared where I was at in my learning process and my knowledge of the Python Community.
“Our society is substituting speed for accomplishment. We are expecting chaos and noise to fill a venue.”
Sit and listen.
“Ricky Granades, passenger on the Lusitania, dilligently plays his guitar.”
“Grumpy or happy is the only debate.”
An oriental quarter note is half of a semitone.
Adelita by Francisco Tárrega; Granada by Isaac Albéniz; Learn Arabic Minor.