General Music is currently learning about music in the Middle Ages. If you follow this link, it will take you to a page where you can learn about Medieval and Renaissance musical instruments. The site is from Iowa State University, and they have a musical group there, Musica Antiqua, that performs old music. If you click the name of one of the instruments, you will go to the page that explains about that instrument, has at least one picture, and recorded examples. It’s a lot of fun!
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10 10 2012
11 04 2012
This one’s for General Music, but you all might enjoy this. In General Music, we’re talking about and listening to blues, which is a precursor of jazz. We were talking today about the form of blues songs. We said that the lyrics, or words, follow an AAB pattern. That is, the first line is a statement of some sort. The second line repeats the first statement. Then, the third line is different. You can hear it in this song that I started to play in class, Every Day I Have the Blues.
The performance is by the famous blues guitarist and singer, B. B. King. You can see his picture below, with his guitar which he named Lucille. He has even written songs about Lucille.
In General Music today, we watched the video of the show, Stomp Out Loud. Stomp began in England in 1991, and has been playing in New York since 1994. There is also a touring company that puts on the show around the US.
If you follow this link, you can go to the show’s website and read about the history of Stomp, the “instruments,” and the current performers. It’s really interesting to read about the backgrounds of the different performers. Some are musicians and some are dancers. There are people performing in New York who have been with the company since 1995.
What’s your favorite part of the show?