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Voice Drill Guide – CGC and Triads

A keyboard guide by JellSoL

It is time for another voice drill guide.  I hope the first one has helped you master the general progression of triads when we do scales.  This video focuses on C to G back to C movement.  Different choir groups have different sounds or words for these notes.  Please feel free to follow the note progression in this video:

C  D  E  F  G  F  E  D  C  …  do  re  mi  fa  sol  fa  mi  re  do

C#  D#  F  F#  G#  F#  F  D#  C#  …  do#  re#  fa  fa#  sol#  fa#  fa  re#  do#

D  E  F# G  A  G F#  E  D  …  re  mi  fa#  sol  la  sol  fa#  mi  re

D#  F  G  G#  A#  G#  G  F  D#  …  re#  fa  sol  sol#  la#  sol#  sol  fa  re#

E  F#  G#  A  B  A  G#  F#  E  …  mi  fa#  sol#  la  ti  la  sol#  fa#  mi

F  G  A  A#  C  A#  A  G  F  …  fa  sol  la  la#  do  la#  la  sol  fa

F#  G#  A#  B  C#  B  A#  G#  F#  …  fa#  sol#  la#  ti  do#  ti  la#  sol#  fa#

G  A  B  C  D  C  B  A  G  …  sol  la  ti  do  re  do  ti  la  sol

G#  A#  C  C#  D#  C#  C  A#  G#  …  sol#  la#  do  do#  re#  do#  do  la#  sol#

A  B  C#  D  E  D  C#  B  A  …  la  ti  do#  re  mi  re  do#  ti  la

A#  C  D  D#  F  D#  D  C  A#  …  la  do  re  re#  fa  re#  re  do  la#

B  C#  D#  E  F#  E  D#   C#  B  …  ti  do#  re#  mi  fa#  mi  re#  do#  ti

C  D  E  F  G  F  E  D  C  …  do  re  mi  fa  sol  fa  mi  re  do

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An appreciation video by JellSoL


Thank you for this opportunity, CHOCO.

I wish to thank all of these beautiful people.

ALBERT, find inspiration from how you have witnessed me move from being a classroom teacher to being your library trainee.  My life as a teacher librarian has been a learning success mainly through your understanding and support.  Ganbatte, “Sasuke.”

LORY, for all the titles you suggested and see you in Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

LOIDA, for supporting me patiently from receiving my Zalora deliveries to getting my exams organized.

DINAH, for all the crisp bills.

VLAD, for giving me a faster CPU.

LOU, for helping me decide which car loan to get.

Sir LANDO, for introducing me to SCEGA.

Dr EMMA, for inspiring messages via email, in person, or in FaceBook.

Ms D for DINA and Delgado, for always being patient to see me exit twice now.

ARLENE, for helping me when I had Bell’s and when I had those minor asthma attacks.

REINA, for all my pay slips and PAG-IBIG procedures.

NICE, for yummy spring rolls, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and quick snacks.

JOMAR, for catching that author who lives in Talisay.

DERECK, for helping me catch rowdy carpet tiles.

JUSTINE, for helping me get certificates professionally formatted.

KEN, for taking Albert’s seat whenever he is on-leave.

TESSIE, for our Korean drama entitled…

All the SECURITY GUARDS, for helping me keep a smile to survive the last school day countdown.

Strong men of the MAINTENANCE TEAM, for helping me keep my work space safe and clean.

Now, we move on to my teaching buddies.

ROLLY, Twin!  This is it!  See you in your final oral defense.

TED, for extending me once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to retrace my late grandfather’s steps when he was in Hawaii and Japan.

Ms JENNY, for the IB training through the years (from English B to the latest IB Librarianship), for introducing me to the Madrid’s, for being my parent when I was on my own for the first time; symbolized by the tiny spoon and fork you gave me.

RIA, for being my tall and caring surrogate sister.  I will never forget how you introduced us to that grumpy Pit-os principal.

GERRI, for being the patient manager you have always been supporting our WWW program.

ADELA, for reminding me of graduate school life; for being our WWW Drama buddy.

ELAINE, Xiexie, Stranger!  See you online.

KARISSA and CHRIS, for being the most supportive elementary teachers.

Teacher WENG, for all the trinkets through the years.

ACE, for being my “summer buddy” for two years.

D KELLER, I have been missing you, HR buddy.  Take care always.

EMILY, supervising EE has never been a breeze until you came.

Dr BELO, for your listening ears.

RENEE, for sharing my pain in those brief moments of enlightenment.

JESSICA, JACQUI, and MARIA, for helping me with our online summer classes.

MAIKE, for that warm embrace on that gloomy day.  By the way, when are we going to play Scrabble in German?

For everyone else, THANK YOU for the challenges.

I agree with Peter Pan saying no goodbyes and to one of our Preschool darlings telling me… “See YOU later, alligator.”

Rhythm in Music

A short music lesson by JellSoL

You may wish to follow this video transcript:

Let’s start with the main reason why every singer, choir member, and/or musician must know note values.  As emphasized in The Guardian in an article written by Marcus du Sautoy in 2011, he said “Certainly the grammar of music – rhythm and pitch – has mathematical foundations.”  This video focuses on rhythm.  Musicians and singers cannot say that they are following the exact rhythm if they cannot determine correct note values or they do not even bother taking a look at the metronome markings.

So what elements in a musical score refer to rhythm?  We have time signatures that dictate note values and metronome markings.

Let’s review the types of notes first.  Appearing as a note head, we have the whole note or semibreve.  This is followed by the half note or the minim where you see a note head and a stem.  Third is the quarter note or the crotchet that has a closed, colored, or shaded note head, and a stem.  Fourth is the eighth note or the quaver where you find a shaded note head, a stem, and one flag.  Fifth in this presentation is the sixteenth note or the semiquaver where you see a shaded note head, a stem, and two flags.

Now, let’s talk about time signatures.  In this video, we will focus on three common time signatures: 2/2 or cut time, 4/4, and 6/8.  What do these numbers mean?  As defined in most music references, time signatures are generally expressed as fractions.  The numerators, the numbers on top (2, 4, and 6), refer to the total number of beats per measure – that is from one bar to the next.  The denominators or the numbers below (2, 4, and 8), refer to the type of note that receives one beat.

2/2 or cut time means that there are two beats in a measure and a half note or a minim receives one beat.  4/4 means that there are four beats in a measure and a quarter note or a crotchet receives one beat.  Please be aware of broken measures.  A broken measure has an incomplete number of beats.  The first one gets combined with the very last one.  Notice how the quarter note or crotchet in the first measure (which is equal to one beat) completes the dotted half or minim of the last one (which is equal to three beats).  Please be reminded that a dot after a note means adding half of the value of the note or rest before it.  6/8 means that there are six beats in a measure and an eighth note or a quaver receives one beat.

The last section of this video is a quick overview of metronome markings.  The literal metronome is a device or a phone application that musicians use to mark time at a selected rate by giving a regular ticking sound.  A metronome marking which usually appears on the upper left corner of the first grand staff of a musical score, defines the overall tempo or dictates the pace by which a piece of music should be performed.  This is measured by the number of beats per minute.  A metronome mark of a quarter note to 120 means that there should be 120 quarter notes or crotchets or combinations of notes that take the same value sung or played within 60 seconds.  To put these metronome markings into categories and understand tempo better, take a look at these popular pacing.  Next time you see a metronome marking on a musical score that shows a quarter note or a crotchet to 76, you are to sing or play it slow, literally at ease, even if you are in a hurry to get it done.

So as we learn more about music, we will soon realize that rhythm, indeed, is its grammar.

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Voice Drill Guide

Please email me the name of any singer you know who does not do the octaves or voice drill before any performance.  Every smart and experienced singer knows its importance.  I even know of storytellers, presenters, and teachers who do the octaves before their speaking engagement.  One can browse the Internet for reasons experts share about the importance of these vocal exercises.  This video is meant to guide piano and organ beginners and singers or choir members during voice warm-up before performances.  Stream and share this file with friends.  May this come handy when you cannot get hold of a musician to play the notes or a piano to tinker on.

Feel free to follow note progression below:

C E G E C … do mi sol mi do

C# F G# F C# … do# fa sol# fa do#

D F# A F# D … re fa# la fa# re

D# G A# G D# … re# sol la# sol re#

E G# B G# E … mi sol# ti sol# mi

F A C A F … fa la do la fa

F# A# C# A# F# … fa# la# do# la# fa#

G B D B G … sol ti re ti sol

G# C D# C G# … sol# do re# do sol#

A C# E C# A … la do# mi do# la

A# D F D A# … la# re fa re la#

B D# F# D# B … ti re# fa# re# ti

C E G E C … do mi sol mi do

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Final Fantasy: Eyes on Me

Lyric video and piano cover by JellSoL

I first heard the name Final Fantasy through my brothers. It was one of their favorites during their computer gaming years. Later, a Japanese student (who is now one of my best friends) shared the piano piece. She has been waiting for this video for several years! With thankfulness, this piano cover is dedicated to her. Through all these years… Domo arigatou gozaimasu, Mayumi chan.

Here is the English lyrics of the song:

Whenever sang my songs
on the stage, on my own,
Whenever said my words
wishing they would be heard,
I saw you smiling at me.
Was it real or just my fantasy?
You’d always be there in the corner
of this tiny in little bar.

My last night here for you
same old songs, just once more.
My last night here with you
maybe yes, maybe no?
I kind of liked it to your way;
how you shyly placed your eyes on me.
Oh, did you ever know
that I had mine on you?

Darling, so there you are
with that look on your face;
as if you’re never hurt,
as if you’re never down.
Shall I be the one for you
who pinches you softly, but sure?
If frown is shown; then,
I will know that you are no dreamer.

So, let me come to you,
close as I wanted to be;
close enough for me
to feel your heart beating fast
and stay there as I whisper
how I loved your peaceful eyes on me.
Did you ever know
that I had mine on you?

Darling, so share with me
your love if you have enough,
your tears if you’re holding back,
or pain if that’s what it is.
How can I let you know
I’m more than the dress and the voice?
Just reach me out; then,
you will know that you’re not dreaming.

Darling, so there you are
with that look on your face;
as if you’re never hurt,
as if you’re never down.
Shall I be the one for you
who pinches you softly, but sure?
If frown is shown; then,
I will know that you are no dreamer.

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