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Sightsinging part 3
Submitted by on 12/07/2016

 

It is important that you fully understand what has gone before because this next bit is where it starts to get a little more complicated. But is still easy if you have grasped what has gone on before.

If we continue with our example scale of C, we know that the second…

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Sightsinging part 2
Submitted by on 12/07/2016

 

So, think of the scale as a sort of template or a pattern of tone intervals and semitone intervals. Whatever key you are in, the pattern will remain the same I.e. TTSTTTS.

Now  let's consider the intervals in the scale.

You will be familiar with Rod talking about thirds…

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Sightsinging part 1
Submitted by on 12/07/2016

 

Why it is so difficult to learn to sightsing........ Or is it?

The secret of Sightsinging, and to most people is is a secret, is that if you understand how the scale we sing  is built, you are a good 80% to 90% of the way there.

You don't have to be a musician…

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Why is singing good for you?
Submitted by on 19/05/2016

Just been watching a programme on Altzimers disease and some of the questions asked by the narrator and the answers given by the 'experts' in the disease, were quite enlightening.

We have all heard of the barbershop 'truth' that the time we spend singing doesn't count against the rest of…

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Rhythm and Triplets
Submitted by on 28/04/2016

Authored by George Badland.

RHYTHMS

The other day I was asked a question regarding triplets. The question was “how can you sing a triplet when it only has two notes in it”? Whilst the answer was not difficult to explain, it got me thinking a little more deeply on…

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Old Blogs
Submitted by on 29/03/2016

All of the blogs below were created by George badland and have been transferred from the old sit to the new. unfortunately the comments could not be copied over with them, but the main Idea is not to lose all the hard work George has created in his previous blog posts…

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The song lyric.
Submitted by on 29/03/2016

Originally Submitted by George Badland on Mon, 03/12/2015

By the way before I start, can I tell you that John Grant once pointed out to me that the word lyric, is both singular and plural. So, one should never ever need to use the word 'lyrics' when speaking of a particular song.

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Dotted Notes
Submitted by on 29/03/2016

Originally submitted by George Badland on Mon, 21/12/2015

Whilst putting and arrangement into my music programme there were several places where notes with double dots were required. Consequently I thought a blog on dotting may be of interest to some.

 

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Correct chord spelling. What's the big deal?
Submitted by on 29/03/2016

Originally submitted by George Badland on Wed, 23/09/2015

In the next song we will be learning, you will see a few places on the score where spelling the chords correctly has created instances where adjacent notes look different but are actually the same note on a keyboard. In consequence some of you may wish to know why that…

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What's the Lyric About?
Submitted by on 29/03/2016

Originally submitted by George Badland on Sat, 25/07/2015

Hi guys
I was once told that the most important two things in life (once you get over the fact that love, belongingness, and having a roof over you families head have been satisfied) are words and music.
So, if words are so important, why should that be?…

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