Friday, 28 August 2015

440 or 432 Hz?

Here, something that is very close to what I think, but put in better words by smarter people:
http://www.medson.net/A432hz-myth.html

"The intention carried by a music is more influential than the pitch to which it is tuned. The choice of scales - and therefore the resulting intervals - are also fundamental in my understanding. There are several. There are 15,000 scales in Indian music."

"Stating that 432 Hz corresponds to the proportions of the Cheops pyramid, Maya temples, the speed of light, the frequency of the water, the frequency of the human heart or the Precession of the equinoxes is therefore pure fantasy and I classify these statements as fragile and partisan."


http://www.miltonline.com/2014/01/07/hertz-so-good/

"Play any higher tone followed by a slightly lower one and you can convince yourself and others that the second is more relaxed and resolved, and less ‘harsh’. This is simply a trick of associating negative connotations to higher pitches and positive ones to lower pitches. A higher pitch could be described as harsh, cerebral, brash, brittle and sterile (as opposed to soft, spiritual, peaceful, relaxed and warm) or strong, thoughtful, brave, optimistic and bright (as opposed to weak, thoughtless, cowardly, pessimistic and dull). Our expectations do the rest. If you value anecdotes, then consider this: I’ve discussed the 440Hz/432Hz issue and played the two tones to an audience, almost all agree that the latter sounds more ‘relaxed’ and ‘peaceful’. However it’s then revealed that what was actually heard was 432Hz followed by a 424.15Hz tone (a drop in pitch proportional to 440Hz-432Hz)."


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Kultursjefen: Musikk som kultur i skolen

See me here playing trumpet and spreading the ukulele obsession


Kultursjefen: Musikk som kultur i skolen: Odda Kulturskole har lagd en blogg med instruksjon og repertoar for Ukulele i skolen. Siden jeg kom til Odda og startet som kultursjef i...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Bit Of Help With "Donna Lee" - part 2

I hope you got the theme, chord changes and backings from the previous post here:
http://mihaisorohan.blogspot.no/2015/07/a-bit-of-help-with-donna-lee-part-1.html

Now, I've made a simple solo, medium level, on the "Donna Lee" chord changes. I played it on flugelhorn over a backing track made with "Band in a Box". Here's how it sounds:



I wrote it in Bb for trumpet/ flugelhorn/ cornet:
(click image to download Bb instrument sheet as PDF)
You may download the backing track and play the solo on it from here:




By downloading the provided files you accept the following terms:
You may use the provided backing tracks for:

  • practice;
  • recording/filming yourself soloing on top of it, and posting on YouTube or similar free services;
  • use in a live performance/show. 

You may not:

  • use it for commercial purposes (put it on a CD and sell it, sell it online, etc) 


Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, used here is for informative and educational purposes. Cheers and happy learning.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Bit Of Help With "Donna Lee" - part 1

There are some jazz standards that scare many beginners or even medium level improvisers (me included). One of  them is "Donna Lee" (attributed to Charlie Parker, now appears as composed by Miles Davis) and based on the chord changes of the song "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" composed by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley in 1917.

Roughly, the form can be seen as A-B-Av-C.
Some useful info about it you can find here:
http://www.playjazznow.com/?s=donna+lee
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-1/donnalee.htm

Start playing the theme over a slower backing track:

(click image to download Bb instrument sheet as PDF) 
(click image to download C instrument sheet as PDF) 



then try these also:
for a more modern feel, try this one:
and a French gypsy Manouche style:
There are many good backings around on YouTube, but not only. Here are two lessons; chord progression for C, Bb and Eb instruments + backing
http://www.learnjazzstandards.com/jazz-originals/donna-lee/
and a "stress free" leson by Steve Neff
http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/product/stress-free-donna-lee-lesson/

Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, used here is for informative and educational purposes.
Cheers and happy learning.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Games featuring my music



Sunday, 14 December 2014

Early Christmas - Wind Chimes

From same session as the Sleigh Bells Loops and Tambourine Loops, here are some wind-chimes. All files stereo wav, 32 bit float, 44.1 KHz, 80 BPM.
Dropped them in FL Studio to put automatically the loop markers.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/cuh2dc3pc8bff22/Windchimes.zip
(image of a similar instrument)

By downloading the provided files you accept the following terms:

  •  You may not use it for commercial sample libraries (put it on a CD and sell it, sell it online, etc) 
  •  You may use the sample content as an integral part of your musical composition, in combination with other sounds, for both personal and commercial purpose. 
  •  I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material. 

Enjoy the freebie.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Early Christmas - Tambourine Loops

From same session as the Sleigh Bells Loops, here are some tambourines.
All files stereo wav, 32 bit float, 44.1 KHz, 80 BPM.
Dropped them in FL Studio to put automatically the loop markers. The stereo one is actually two different takes of the same rhythm panned extremely right and left.

http://www.mediafire.com/download/wiulo2ddi4q3svi/Tambourine_Loops.zip

(image of a similar instrument)


By downloading the provided files you accept the following terms:

  • You may not use it for commercial sample libraries (put it on a CD and sell it, sell it online, etc) 
  • You may use the sample content as an integral part of your musical composition, in combination with other sounds, for both personal and commercial purpose. 
  • I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material.
Enjoy the freebie.