• Musical Glossary... 1.

    From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to Anybody Interested on Tue Mar 8 21:06:10 2011
    From one of the guys in our community band: :-)


    Improvisation -- what we do when the music falls down

    Chords -- something organists play with one finger

    Discords -- something organists play with two fingers

    Suspended Chords -- useful for lynching the vocalist

    Time Signatures -- trivial details often irrelevant to drummers

    Melody -- an ancient, now almost extinct art in song writing




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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to Richard Webb on Tue Mar 22 23:06:56 2011
    Hi, Richard! Recently you wrote in a message to Ardith Hinton:

    Improvisation -- what we do when the music falls down

    Also what we do when we're running out of songs to play
    and want to make them last longer.


    Yup. :-)



    Chords -- something organists play with one finger

    Depends on the organ I guess, but never was able to do that
    with a Hammond b-3 (and glad that wasn't available there.)


    I imagine you know more about such things than I do! The definitions
    were meant to be taken with a grain of salt, however, and this was the first in
    a group of three which IMHO made a rather nice parallelism... [chuckle].



    Time Signatures -- trivial details often irrelevant
    to drummers

    WOrked with a few who resembled that remark <grin>. I
    endeavor not to.

    For drummers for whom that was true often dynamics are
    trivial as well.


    Some people may be attracted to certain instruments because they like
    making a lot of noise and/or because they believe (erroneously) that they won't
    have to work as hard as others do. I've known folks who took up drums in order
    to avoid learning to read music... I've known folks who took up the sax because
    they thought it would be easier than the clarinet... and I knew one who took up
    the trumpet because she thought it could play only three notes! As a teacher I
    was often asked which instrument was easiest. My response was "Whichever *you*
    want to play more than any other." I figured they'd be having such a good time
    it wouldn't seem like work at all. But whatever the reason(s) for their choice
    people use an instrument in a manner which reflects their personality.... :-))



    Melody -- an ancient, now almost extinct art
    in song writing

    Oh yeah, that's for sure. Back when I was doing studio for
    hire I did a rap album for a young man. Never again!!!


    Uh-huh. Rap isn't my cup of tea either.... :-)



    Then there was the alternative band, not bad melodies, some
    good words, but they wanted to run their vocals through
    these awful guitar stomp boxes and a guitar amp and have
    that track dominate over the actual capture of the singer's
    voice in the room. <yech!>


    I'm reminded here of the younger teens who rehearsed in a back yard a
    few doors down the street when I was a music student. They obviously wanted to
    make an impression... and they got a bit carried away with amplifiers too. ;-)




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    * Origin: Wits' End, Vancouver CANADA (1:153/716)
  • From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to James Bradley on Sat Mar 26 23:52:36 2011
    Hi, James! Recently you wrote in a message to Richard Webb:

    I'm addressing this to you Richard, because I pick on
    Ardith too much. It applies equally.


    I always wanted a little brother & I understand teasing Sis goes with
    the territory, but I'm glad to see you & Richard exchanging messages. :-)



    Chords -- something organists play with one finger

    Depends on the organ I guess, but never was able to do that
    with a Hammond b-3 (and glad that wasn't available there.)

    I imagine you know more about such things than I do! The
    definitions were meant to be taken with a grain of salt,
    however, and this was the first in a group of three
    which IMHO made a rather nice parallelism... [chuckle].

    MOD: Chords -- something accordionists play with one finger


    Yes, that would work. But Richard also brought up an important point
    which I almost missed until I'd made some further enquiries. Serious musicians
    who do keyboards professionally are in a very different category from the "play
    by numbers" crowd. They tend to use the Hammond B3 whereas Grandma Potts would
    use a Hammond "S" series chord organ or something similar... i.e. probably what
    the majority of non-musicians think of as an "organ" nowadays.

    A chord organ can produce a limited repertoire of chords at the touch
    of a button in much the same way as the electronic keyboard which Nora uses for
    music therapy can produce a few artificial "boom-chick-chick" percussion sounds
    on demand. In this household there is no demand. It's more beneficial for her
    & more satisfying for us if she uses her left hand as best she can right now...
    and remains motivated to improve. AFAIC folks like you & Richard needn't worry
    about being replaced by electronic substitutes, but many people seem to believe
    any fool can play keyboards or sing or play drums or whatever. I'm inclined to
    think the author of these jokes is taking a sly dig at wannabe musicians. :-))



    I've mentioned here earlier to Ardith, that when I was a wee
    lad I saw these guitar players spend more time tuning their
    instruments than playing the ruddy songs. "Nope, I just want
    to play!" Then, I counted the lugs on my snare drum


    In any case, I agree that it's worth repeating... [chuckle].




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 02:34:00 2018
    Ardith,

    Time Signatures -- trivial details often irrelevant to drummers

    Or like the T-shirt with funky time signatures...noting "these are
    difficult times". <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 02:35:00 2018
    Ardith,

    Uh-huh. Rap isn't my cup of tea either.... :-)

    Or as Shotgun Red noted "Want to know what I think of Rap?? Put a C in
    front of it!!". To me, Rap is for those who never learned how to sing...especially since most I hear is loaded with vulgar language.

    Daryl

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