1st half term
This week 6th May
- stand still
- check your hand position
- don't blow your cheeks out
- use your tongue
Trombonists: today we practised the notes C D E and G
Click here for a reminder, then try playing them at home.
Trumpets: we'll be playing these notes on Monday. Have a look!
Remember to warm up before you start. Some videos to help you here (click)
We started 'Ronde' today click here. Extra help here.
Parts and demos for treble, tenor & bass here
We've also been playing some old tunes:
- Funky Freda (click)
- Raga (click)
- Titanic (click)
New notes and tunes we're playing at the moment:
You could print our the PDFs if you can't always get on the internet
- B flat click here / high F click here / C sharp click here
- All Blues videos here / in book 2 / PDF
- EastEnders videos here / in book 2 / PDF
- Greensleeves videos here / PDF
- Month of Maying videos here / PDF
Here's the music for the new version of Pray the Rain to Fall:
This is just once through. You can either play the tune, along with the singing, or the extra bits on the 2nd page.
Old things / Easy things!
Extra help with London's Burning, Funky Freda and Raga here
The Month of Maying
A tune with C sharps (here) and C naturals.
Watch the play-along video first:
If you want to start practicing it, open the PDF
Here's a version for 5 recorders: descant, treble, tenor, bass and great bass.
and some singing versions:
C sharp (C#)
Fingers 1 and 2, no thumb.
Like an A without the thumb on.
It's in between C and D.
Higher than C, but lower than D.
It's also sometimes called D flat (Db)
Looks like this:
Sounds like this:
When there are two sharps in the key signature, all the Fs and Cs are sharps.
Try these exercises:
And a D major scale
New note: High F
- Finger a low F natural
- Take your little finger off
- Bend your thumb
Looks like this:
like high E
Like low F, but
no little finger
Sounds like this:
Some exercises and an F major scale here
Here's EastEnders, the last tune in Book 2 (click here).
Two videos to help you learn it below.
Do the lesson first, then practice it slowly, line by line (it'll be tricky to start with). Then try it with the 'Play along'.
This is Charlotte Barbour-Candini playing a treble recorder in the final of
BBC Young Musician 2012. This is one of the hardest recorder pieces ever (even harder than EastEnders!) She was only 6 years older than you then.
New note: B flat
2. Watch these brass videos. Do you want to play the trumpet or the trombone?
3. Listen to some of the music composed by 6Y in Bandlab last term - click here
You all have a log in and can use it whenever you want to. More help here.
Username is: (your first name, no capitals)@y5.com
Anis & Violette
1. Fanfare here
Anis: part 1 / Violette: part 2
2. Pastime with good company here
Then try the high version with G#s
3. A (harmonic) minor scale here
4. William Tell (all of it) here
5. EastEnders here
6. 'So What' here and try improvising using E F# G A B / F G Ab Bb C
over the 'endless accompaniment' here. Try to 'feel' where the harmony changes
Mouthpiece buzzing to start here
3. EastEnders here
4. Lip slurs here
5. William Tell here - speeding up, fast tonguing...
6. Exam pieces:
- A Knight's Tale
- Waltz for E - keeping the pulse, don't speed up and slow down!
- Puppet's Dance
7. Ode to Joy here
This is the perfect time to do some regular practice.
Remember: the more you do, the better you get!
You don't have to do lots - just 15 minutes a day is plenty.
The important thing is to try to do it every day!
Please read this with a parent or other grown-up now!
All the tunes you need, with demos and backing tracks are here:
Just click on the button
Start from the beginning and work at your own speed.
Play a tune you know well, then try something a bit harder.
It would be fantastic if some of you could play EastEnders next time I see you!
I'll be adding some more extra help videos and some new, harder tunes over the next few weeks.
If you only came to Brecknock in Year 5 and want to catch up, go to the Year 4 page (here).
They only started last term too
Website address: edu.bandlab.com
Username:(your first name, no capitals)@y5.com
Full log in instructions here or watch the video:
Once you've opened an 'assignment' you can take the 'personal project' option and compose something of your own - I'd love to hear it!
Watch this video to remind yourself about the basic controls.
Go full size,
the writing's quite small