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    Notes on all sections of Music SryanBruen

    This thread will be for notes on any section of the JC Music course

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      Do you have any notes on melody writing Please?

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      do you have any notes on choice works and choice songs Please? thanks

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      I'll have the Melody writing notes ready soon Wemi!

      Edassery did your teacher not give you your choice songs and works that you're supposed to learn? What year are you in btw? - It depends on that...

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      have you made any notes yet

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      on what MAD55? I have a couple of notes ready and typed but I'm also working on others... such as Melody writing (sorry I have been EXCEPTIONALLY busy Wemi!!!!!)

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      I would be shocked if anybody did their general study on day to day music and chose me - LOL. I have wrote over 40 songs which you can see on my YouTube. If you don't have a general study by the way, I have notes of an A1 grade example of one.

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      Advice to music students is that you don't have to do the choice songs that your teacher tells you to learn. You can make your own but make sure you know TWO features of each. Like how I chose my friends' song as my chosen blues song.

      'Public Transportation Blues' by 110

      1. Piano repeats the same melody throughout

      2. Polyphonic texture

      ^ Simple features!

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      What is your youtube channel name?

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      Sryan Bruen

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      Techno Techno Glasnevin

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      What SuhDude?

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      Any notes on Set works and Irish Music. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!

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      Is your JC in June NGonsalves22?

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      I need to know that for the set works (as they change each year).

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      ya this june

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      thanks sooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!

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      Ok Wemi.

      When writing a melody, you got to think to yourself on what is a catchy melody. However, the bad thing about this is that there can't be any really wrong thing you do when writing a melody which makes this question very subjective (like English). It really depends on the person and how he / she finds the music you write as people have different opinions. The examiner could give you no marks because he / she does not like the melody whilst another could give you full marks vice versa. A thing to keep in mind when writing a melody also is to always end on "Doh". This is how the Tonic Solfa works in major keys (which is all you need to know for JC):

      Doh rei mi fah soh lah ti doh

      So if it were C Major, doh would be C - so if the piece on your paper shows C Major (no key signatures) then you finish your melody on a C (doh). If it were D Major, you would finish it on D and so on.

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      If you do not end on Doh, then there's an easy 4 marks gone already!

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      And bar lines

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      What Aoife sorry?

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      Any Choice song notes? Im in 3rd Year and we have a seriously bad teacher, Anything will do!

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      Sorry Sryan I meant that you lose 4 marks as well if you forget the bar lines. We were doing the beatles Katie

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      Hope this helps @katie4eva

      General study: The music of the beatles

      Song 1: She's leaving home

      Melodic features: Step movement, wide range, chorus- vocals sing at very high pitch

      Rhythmic features:Mainly crotchets and minms

      Instruments: String instruments ( 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, harp), classical feel

      Song 2: When I'm 64

      Melodic Features:Mainly triadic e.g. CEG , Chromatic e.g. "Will you still be sending me"

      Rhythmic Features:Mainly quavers , Dotted quavers and syncopation e.g. "many" (draw a quaver and a dotted crotchet)

      Instruments: Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Electric guitar, Piano, Chimes, Pop and Jazz feel.

      (Write these points as full sentences in the exam. I only shortened it down to help to learn it)

      Hope this helps @katie4eva

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      Does anyone have notes on the Chieftains as a traditional irish group?

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      Do u have notes on set C?

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      Unfortunately no lemonpeach21. I would be able to give you notes from Less Stress More Success but I gave it away to my friend who is currently in 3rd year like you.

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      Disco music General Study


      I Feel Love - Donna Summer

      ABBA - Voulez Vous

      Feature 1: Rhythm

      Disco has a steady and repetitive 4/4 rhythm pattern also known as a ‘Four on the floor’ that was initially played on the drum kit but beginning in the late 1970’s drum machines have also became popular in Disco music. The characteristic pattern features the bass drum played on every beat on the bar with a Snare on beats 2 and 4 though some Disco songs lack this pattern and use a simple backbeat.

      Feature 2: Instruments

      In Disco the instruments are reasonably varied though there are some key instruments that are necessary for Disco’s characteristic sound. The melody is usually played by electric piano, organs or clavinet with a strong and syncopated accompaniment from bass guitar, rhythm guitar played on the electric guitar, a string section and a brass section. Disco songs especially from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s to the present often feature synthesisers which can replace the aforementioned brass instruments, string instruments and bass guitar in some cases such as in the song ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer which features a sparse arrangement of only vocals, synthesiser and drum machine.

      Feature 3: Mood

      Disco music often has a bright and lively mood for several reasons. As a result of the music being made for dancing in nightclubs initially, the moderate to fast tempos in the music and the lyrics which usually are uplifting stories that concern love, dancing or music itself such as in the song ‘Music’ by Madonna.

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      any other General Studys? and any notes on Irish music collectors and the Harp Festival

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      Early music General Study (Medieval music to be specific)

      Pieces of music

      Piece 1: Pour Mon Cœur (By Early Music Consort)

      Piece 2: Dance Royale (By Early Music Consort)

      Musical feature 1: Vocal music

      There are many types and styles of vocal medieval music. These include:

      - Folk songs

      - Court songs

      - Plainchant

      - Motet

      Plainchant and motet were used for religious songs. Medieval court music was mainly composed and performed by poet-musicians who were born into noble families.

      Musical feature 2: Dance music

      Popular dances from this period include: A farandole which is a line dance with two crotchet beats in a bar and an estampie which is a couples dance with three crotchet beats in a bar. It was probably composed by one of the troubadours and performed unaccompanied. It may also have been accompanied by another medieval instrument such as the psaltery. Estampie comes from the French word ‘estamper’, which means ‘to stamp the feet’.

      Musical feature 3: Instruments

      The types of instruments included: Loud outdoor instruments such as the pipe, tabor (drum), shawm (a wind instrument), trumpet and cornet. Soft indoor instruments such as the fiddle, hurdy-gurdy, psaltery and rebec. A hurdy-gurdy is like a viola with a handle at one end. A psaltery is a stringed instrument that is plucked with the fingers or a plectrum. A rebec is a fiddle with a rounded back.

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