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What Are Overtones In Music? What Do I Need To Know About Them?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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What are Overtones in Music? What do I need to know about them?

Hello. This is Duane with “More Good Stuff, You Really Ought to Know.” What I’d like to cover this month is something called the “Overtone Series.” It’s the sounds that a note makes as its vibrations vibrate through the air, for lack of a better term. This is nothing that you need to do by the way. It’s just helpful as a musician to know how sound works.

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When you play a note or sing a note or whatever, other tones vibrate in sympathy with that note. Those tones are what we call as overtones in music. The note itself is called the fundamental. No matter what note you’re playing, there’s a fundamental. On the card, [Duane playing piano] I printed a low C. Let’s say that that is the note you’re playing. The first thing that will vibrate, or it will vibrate the strongest is an octave up. [Duane playing piano] Then the second strongest vibration is a fifth [Duane playing piano] above that. Then the third strongest is the octave above that, [Duane playing piano] and then the third comes in. [Duane playing piano]

Now we have a whole chord. [Duane playing piano] In case you thought perhaps, wondered why … thought maybe chords were arbitrary that some guy in history just decided, “Well, let’s [Duane playing piano] call these three notes a chord, or a major chord.” They’re not. They’re built into the nature of sound. That’s the way that sound works. Sound vibrates that way and so it’s not [Duane playing piano] like somebody just arbitrarily decided to do it. That’s [Duane playing piano] the way it is. That’s the way God created it. Those are the strongest overtones right there. Then the next one is [Duane playing piano] a duplication of the fifth, and then we come to a seventh. [Duane playing piano] You wouldn’t think that that would occur. I wouldn’t think naturally that it would, but it does. [Duane playing piano] That’s the next one.

Then, [Duane playing piano] the octave again in the second, [Duane playing piano] back to the third. Then up a whole step, [Duane playing piano] then the fifth again, [Duane playing piano] then the sixth, [Duane playing piano] and the seventh [Duane playing piano] again, and then that note which is in contrast with [Duane playing piano] the seventh [Duane playing piano] because it’s like a major seventh. It’s very faint at that point. It’s very, very faint. It’s very unlikely that you’ll ever hear that.

If sometime you’re in a room and I’ve had this experience many times as a musician. Four guys will be singing on a quartet, say A Cappella, and suddenly the sound appears. This note appears that nobody is singing and people look at each other, “Who’s singing that?” Well, nobody is singing it. It’s part of the overtone series, that’s floating in. By the way, the better or the worse people are in pitch, the less likely they’re going to hear the overtone series. In other words the more accurate you are with pitch, you’re going to have some neat overtones. The human voice by the way defaults back to correct tuning, physically correct tuning. The scale that we deal with on the piano is called the “Tempered scale” which means that if you want to play in the key of C, that’s really a compromise. The way they’ve tuned [Duane playing piano] that scale is really a compromise to allow the piano to also play in the key of D flat [Duane playing piano] D, E flat [Duane playing piano] E, F … [Duane playing piano]

The tempered scale, it’s tempered by the others. It’s a compromise. It’s like each scale can have its own way if you’re going to play in all those other scales, but the human voice and the human ear defaults to absolute temperament tuning. When you hear a great A Cappella group, let’s say Take Six. You probably heard of that six guys that are just unbelievably good and accurate. When they sing you hear true pitch for one thing, that it’s not a tempered scale. Then you also, because they’re singing truly on pitch, you hear all these overtones above them that you think maybe somebody is singing that part, but nobody is singing that part. That’s just the overtone series.

That’s just “Some Good Stuff, You Really Ought To Know” if you want to become a good musician. Not that there’s anything to do about it, bust you just need to know about these things. We’ll see you next month. Bye bye.

Here is more information about overtones:
http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary/texto/overtone.html

And here is a Wikipedia article about them:
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C Major Chord: You Know It, But What Can You Do With It?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
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C Major Chord: You Know It, But What Can You Do With It?

Everybody who has ever been around a piano knows the C major chord – C, E, and G. Those are the root note, 3rd and 5th of the C major scale. But it’s one thing to know a chord, and another thing altogether to know what to do with it.

Watch this short video to see some things you can do with the C major chord and the C major scale:

Notice that the C major chord – symbol C – is based on the C major scale. A scale is a row of notes that climbs from the root note up a musical ladder to the octave note, and in the case of the C scale, that is all white keys: CDEFGABC.

If you see the importance of not only knowing chords, but what to do with them, then do yourself a favor and take a course on some of the patterns you can create from chords to make a song lots more interesting:

101 Ways To Make Your Piano Playing Much Fuller & Exciting!

How to dress up songs

For more about the key of C consult Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_major
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Video Duplication Right Here in Central Point & Medford!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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Video Duplication & Photos Put On Discs Right Here in Central Point & Medford!

Meet Darryl, the guy who duplicates all my DVD’s and CD’s!

For those of you who have purchased my piano-teaching DVD’s and CD’s, I would like to introduce you to the guy who does all of them and does an absolutely terrific job. He has been duplicating and mastering and printing ALL of my courses for many years, and there has NEVER been a time when his service and quality was any less than spectacular!

His name is Darryl Coulombe, and he not only does first-rate work at a very reasonable rate, but he is also a wonderful, happy guy who is fun to be around:

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Here is just one of my 300-plus DVD’s that he has done:

Which Finger Goes Where And Why
There is no one better than Darryl when it comes to digital stuff and video duplication.

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Here is what he can do:

Creative Video Designs is a locally owned and operated digital studio, with state of the art equipment right here in Central Point, Oregon. We can help you digitize those old memories onto digital format DVD or CD. We can help you with: • 8mm film • Photo prints and film • VHS video more…Creative Video Designs is a locally owned and operated digital studio, with state of the art equipment right here in Central Point, Oregon. We can help you digitize those old memories onto digital format DVD or CD. We can help you with: • 8mm film • Photo prints and film • VHS video tapes • CD and DVD duplication • And more Don’t let your memories on film rot away in your closet or attic. Get all your wedding, anniversary, birthday, travel and family photos, films, videos, slides, records and more on DVD or CD! We are friendly, professional and efficient, and will not charge you an arm and a leg! Visit our website to learn more or call today to discuss what we can do for you!

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Left Hand Piano Patterns Made Of Broken Chords You Can Use

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Left Hand Piano Patterns Made Of Broken Chords You Can Use

It is one thing to know chords, but it is another thing altogether to know what to do with them.

When I took piano lessons as a kid, my piano teachers taught me to read the music set before me, and that was about all. I learned to read music and sight read, and for that I am very thankful, but I didn’t begin to bloom as a piano player until the day I discovered chords. And back then I didn’t have a clue about left hand piano patterns and how they are formed from broken chords.

I remember it well. I had an opportunity to join the school combo at my high school when I was a freshman. The piano player who had played with the group previously had just graduated, and I was the only one who was a half-way decent piano player, so even though I was a freshman, the head of the group asked me to join.

I was thrilled, of course, but also scared to death – playing with guys who were older than I was and a whole lot more mature. They knew the songs the combo played and I didn’t. They handed me a fake book and told me to learn the chords in the songs they were going to play.

I didn’t know anything about chords at that point, even though I had taken piano lessons for about 8 years (from 6 years old to 14). So I bought a chord chart I saw advertised and started learning. The first two chord I learned were Cmaj7 and Dm7 and I loved the sound of them. Then I learned that the most used chords in any key are the I, IV, and V chords – the sax player in the group taught me that – and I was hooked. As a matter of fact, I’m still hooked. I love chords and the many things you can do with them.

Watch this 7-minute video to see some of the things you can do in your left hand with broken chord patterns:

To learn all about chords in a hurry, click below:
Learn Piano Chords
http://www.playpianocatalog.com/lepichinoneh.html

For still more about chords, read this article in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_(music)

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The Songs Of Purim

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
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The Songs Of Purim

(This is a guest post.)

Purim is a very famous Jewish holiday that is held on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month of Adar (between February and March). This ancient holiday celebrates the liberation of the Jews from their direct enemies. The whole story is related in the Bible, in the book of Esther.

Historical Setting for Purim

According to this book of the Old Testament, Haman, which was the political advisor of the great king of Xerxes 1 of Persia, has planned to obliterate all the jews who were living in the Persian Empire. However, his plans were quickly foiled by a jew called Mordecai, who send word to his niece which in the meantime became queen Esther. She intervened for her people, asking for mercy, and the king spared the whole Jewish people. Moreover, he sentenced Haman to death.

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Purim Customs and Traditions

There are many customs and traditions of this important Jewish celebration, but probably one of the most important is reading the whole story from the Megillah, which is the original scroll of Esther. For this special reading event, jews attend synagogue, where they express their gratitude to God for His deliverance. In addition to this tradition, there are other three that start with the same letter “M”.

– Matanot L’evyonim. This custom is still held today, when people give money and food to poor neighbors and orphans.

– Mishloach Manot. Sending food to friends and family members. Usually, jewish people send two different types of food to their relatives and dear ones.

– Mishteh. This habit involves a great party and a modern festive meal. Wine and meat are a must.

Traditionally, people dress up as characters of the real story, but today most kids and some adults prefer to dress as Harry Potter, Batman or other characters. Purim is slowly becoming another type of Halloween. Another important aspect of this unique Jewish holiday is represented by the food customs. As with other similar Jewish celebration, food plays a crucial role in Purim.

Purim Songs

There is a wide variety of songs of Purim, from traditional and liturgic to cultural and modern. Some of the traditional Purim songs are “LaYehudim haitahorah ve-simchah ve-yakar ve-sasson ” and of course “Mishenichnas Adar marbm be-simcha”. After the reading of the Megillah, the famous Shoshanat Yaakov prayer is normally sung. There are also hundreds of songs specially created for children. Some of the most reputable and well-known are: Ani Purim, Shoshanas Yaakov, MisheNichnas Adar, VeNahafoch Hu, Chag Purim, Kacha Ya’aseh, LaYehudim Hayesa Orah, U Mordechai Yatza, Chayav Inish and Utzu Eitzah.

A famous Purim song is Shoshanah Yakoov, also called the Rose of Jacob. This hymn is usually recited after the Megillah reading. The words are as follows: “The rose of Jacob was joyous and cheerful when they saw Mordechai’s blue royal robe. You have been their hope and everlasting redemption in every generation. Anyone who takes refuge in You will never be put to shame of humiliated. Cursed be Haman who wanted to destroy me, and blessed be Mordechai our jew. Cursed be Zeresh, Haman’s wife, and blessed be Esther who gladly interceded on our behalf. May Charvonah be remembered for his good deeds.”

Some of the most reputable Jewish artists today who sing all these amazing songs are: Dahlia Amihud, Avraham Horowitz, Emanuel Rosenberg, Emmanuel Fisher, Fran Avni and Miriam Avigal.

Purim is certainly a groundbreaking Jewish holiday that features some of the most interesting songs available in our modern age. Even if most of them are over 2500 years old, they are still used today.

For more information about Purim, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purim

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