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May 11, 2012

Progress report

from:Bowen, Paul

to:Improv Music

We continue to study improvising in a blues idiom. This involves a certain meter (four beats per measure, each beat divided in three), certain kinds of chords (major and minor triads, seventh chords, ninth chords), and certain scales (so far I have instructed in only one the six-note scale which, if started on C, has the notes C, E-flat, F, F-sharp, G, and B-flat; this is often called the Blues Scale).

Students should practice these at home (the percussionists don't need to know the chords and scale). The more you practice, the more fun you will have in class!

We are still having a lot of trouble with rhythmic precision. Players get out of sync with one another. It is necessary to play and listen to others at the same time. Yes, this can be done!

May 11, 2012

Assignment due Tuesday, May 14

from:Bowen, Paul

to:Music Theory

Review Chapter 9, "Harmonization of a Melody", and do Exercises 1 and 2.

April 27, 2012

Read Chapter 10

from:Bowen, Paul

to:Prob & Stats

Read Chapter 13 ("Information Theory and Art") in Introduction to Information Theory by Monday.

Today I handed out sheets with extra credit questions on them.