Here are many of the slides from my presentation yesterday evening at the Peel SB conference.
There are two, connected composition things I'd never felt proficient at - vocal melodies and guitar solos. Returning to a simple book about rhythm and melody, I reminded myself of something I probably did not pay enough attention to during my college days - very intentional note selection based on the backing chord compassion, neighboring notes, repeating patterns, starting on the 1 (and not), ending with a 1 or 2 syllable melodic cadence, and more. Here is my first attempt at a simple melodic track following some Melody 101 rules.
We've started a couple of albums on Flickr with various media assets connected to Blending Leadership.
I had to get new shades for windows in my son's room and I generated this project to help display dimensions.
It was honor to speak with Kelly Croy once again on his Wired Educator podcast, and I was delighted to learn that not only was it the 50th episode of his series, but I was the first return guest and also the first to take part in a 3-person, 3-location interview on the show. Kelly is a pro when it comes to interviewing, engaging friends and strangers in meaningful dialogue, and simply getting things done. Be sure to check out not only our episode but all of his wonderful interviews and conversations.
Here is a simple template that looks like a iMac or Thunderbolt display that has a live web browser and new video object ready to go.
I'm getting more interested in patterns of songs that resonate with me, so I decided to download a book used at Berklee College of Music - The Songwriter's Workshop: Melody. Just 10% in (according to my Kindle app) there are lots of things that I am now noticing in songs that I never paid attention to before reading this book. For example, during a verse whether or not the lyrics/melody start on a downbeat OR start from a pickup. Also, the diversity of rhythmic pattern of the notes being more significant than the pitch. My favorite part, however, are the music clips included to aurally illustrate the examples. They are kind of horrible with the arrangements and lyrics, but they are so crystal clear in modeling the specific elements being taught.
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