Developing Your Musicianship

Start Date: 08/09/2020

Course Type: Common Course

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Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student. The course will teach you the major scale and minor pentatonic scale, and how they are constructed. You will learn what intervals are, how to sing them, and how to find them in music. The course explores tonal centers and how to find the key a song is in, in addition to common time signatures such as 4/4 and 3/4. You will learn how to build chords—major and minor triads, and major and dominant seventh chords—and how to build a common chord progression—the I IV V. You will also learn how to recognize the blues and AABA song forms, and write a basic chord sheet to express your song ideas. In addition to the video lectures, each lesson features Berklee student performances and interviews. The students share their musical journey and offer advice for those wanting to study music. The course culminates with an assignment that asks you to compose and perform a riff blues tune using the minor pentatonic scale. Above all, the course is designed to share the joy of creating music and sharing it with others. Samy Elgazzar, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a successful composer, will be your Teaching Assistant (TA) for the course.

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Course Introduction

Developing Your Musicianship This course is for players of all levels of experience who are looking to learn how to play more notes and deeper and is aimed to help you achieve your goals of learning how to play more notes and play more notes at a time. It will take many players, including those who have never played, to complete this challenge. You will learn how to create your own notes within a music notation system by developing your own interpretation of a given notation. You will learn the key musical tools needed to create your own notes as well as how to read music into a bar. You will learn the different key signatures, how to construct your own key signatures, and how to read music into a bar. Learning to play these keys and learn to read music into a bar will lay the foundation for all notes you will learn in this course. All you will need is a music player with you, so we’ll have a guide to guide you through the course. The course is designed to learn how to play music from beginning to end, without getting too technical. If you’re a beginner, this course will keep you entertained and engaged throughout. If you’re a pro, or someone who has been learning for years, this course will keep you motivated. Enjoy! The Berklee team.Welcome! Introduction to Music Notes Adding and Removing Notes Fender Rhodes Rhythm and Form

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Aurally identify chords Piano Read lead sheets Aurally identify musical intervals Read music notation

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