Brecknock Musicians

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Wooden agogo

Claves

made of wood

Year 1

Percussion

made of wood

Wood block

Cowbell

Triangle

'Music for pieces of wood' by Steve Reich

Cymbals

Volume

Percussion

made of metal
Speed

fast

lots of notes

slow

a few notes

'Snell's Beach' by Max Riefer

Body percussion rhythm
Knee
Knee
Clap
(Shh)

More rhythms to try

Percussion

made of 'skin' (DRUMS!)

Some drum heads are made out of real animal skin (yuk) but most of our's are completely vegetarian!

Djembe drumming from West Africa
Darbuka drumming from Turkey

Crescendo

Diminuendo

Body percussion rhythm on a 3 line stave

More rhythms to try

Year 2

 

Here are the recordings of our compositions for keyboards and mallet instruments (xylophones, metallaphones and glockenspiel):

2Y Group 1
00:00 / 01:31
2B Group 1
00:00 / 01:34
2Y Group 2
00:00 / 01:50
2B Group 2
00:00 / 02:52

Keyboard

high pitch

Low pitch

'black' notes

'white' notes

Xylophone

Metallaphone

'black' notes

'white' notes

Flight of the Bumblebee

Solo
Duet
Trio
Quartet
Gamelan from Bali

'black' notes

A

Glockenspiel

'white' notes

A

Find the As

4 beat rhythms

6 beat rhythms

 

Year 3

Samba
Band

Flag of Brazil
Map of Brazil

Surdo drums

Surdo 1

Odd numbers

Surdo 2

Even numbers 'opposing'

Complicated - can you work it out?

Surdo 3

Some proper Brazilian Samba

Tamborim

Low

High

High

Agogo Bells

High

Low

Play the tamborim and agogo parts together

'Leave a space, don't play now'

Agogo

Tamborim

'Leave a space'

'Leave a space'

The whole band so far!
 

Year 4

Recorders

Letter home
September 2020

Click here for all the tunes, demos and backing tracks:

Week 6

1. Practice Walking the Dog

2. Practice It's Another Rainy Day

3. Some groups learnt how to play a D (click here) and started Toad in a Hat

Everybody will do this in next week's lesson but have a go now if you feel ready!

Weeks 4 & 5

1. Keep practising Merrily if you are still finding it hard.

    Try it with the piano accompaniment and the 'band' accompaniment

3. Try  these exercises:

3. Practice 'Walking the Dog' - some of us started it this week.    

A C A __
G A B C __
B C B __
A B C __
C B A __
C B A G__
G A B C B A G__

Bass recorder

Week 3

1. We practised changing between notes today. Do these exercises first:

G G A __
G A B __
A A B __
B A G __
B B A __
A A G __

Remember to start each note with

your tongue : 'Dee'

2. Then we learnt to play Merrily (click here) 

Practise it lots. I'm going to ask you to play it on your own next week!!

3. Try these exercises too:

G A G __
A B A __
B A B __
A G A __

and...

G B G __

Tenor

4. We've looked at 3 sizes of recorder now:

Descant

Treble

Learn these names!

Here are two versions of a 20th century piece for tenor recorder:

Week 2

Well done with the  first 3 notes!

This week we learnt how to start notes with our tongues, by whispering 'Dee' at the start of every note.

We played 'Cups of Tea' - it sounded amazing for a first try!

That's all we had time for unfortunately, but I wanted to play you this video:

It was composed by Telemann (who also wrote the piece I played you at the start of the lesson) 288 years ago. 

The recorder player in the video is Frans Bruggen. He recorded it in 1967, when I was just 7 years old! He was easily the best recorder player in the world at the time. He's playing a treble recorder which is over 300 years old.

Week 1

Practice the first 3 notes: G A B

Remember!

- left hand at the top.

- hold your recorder between your lips not your teeth.

- cover the holes carefully with the soft bits of your fingers.

- try to do 5 minutes practice every day

- BE PATIENT

...and one day you might sound like this!

 

RECORDERS

Year 5

Please practice 'Bransle' here. 

- Remember the special tonguing (tee-dee-tee-dt) for the the 1st part.

- Work on the fast bit in the 3rd line.

There's some extra help here.

When you can do it neatly, try the version without the letters here.

Keep playing 'Sur le Pont d'Avignon' here.

Get ready to play a solo!

Choose a tune that's not too hard for you and practice it until it sounds really good.

 

Old tunes (Book 1) are here; new tunes (Book 2) are here.

Everybody should have a recorder now.
Please make sure it has your name on it - we don't want them to get mixed up!

Reminders:

   1. Left hand at the top.

   2. Start every note by whispering 'Dee' with your tongue.

We have a few new people who haven't played before. Don't worry we'll try to catch you up!

You might like to look at the Year 4 work - they've only just started playing too.

BANDLAB

Get logged in and start playing with it at home if you can . Click here.

Year 6

 

Monday

Friday

Groups

Practice!

1. Start by just buzzing your lips. (click here)

4. Check you understand crochets, minims          and semibreves (click here)

Please remember to bring your instruments to school on these days:

2. Then with your mouthpiece (click here)

3. Practice the first 5 notes: C D E F G (click here)

5. Do the clapping exercises (click here)

6. Do the C & G reading exercises (click here)

6B Brass Players

8. Headbanger Blues (click here)

6Y Music Technology / Bandlab

- Record something by playing the on-screen keyboard. 
- Change the instrument sound and the tempo.

- Make a drum track and try making a bass part to go with it.

There's a video to help you here.

7. C Jam Blues (click here)