Modulation

That’s a technical term, that is.

For any non-musicians reading this, modulation is when a piece of music changes key.
Ah – that probably doesn’t help non-musicians… let’s put it another way.
A piece of music has a certain “feel” to it – if it’s in a major key, it generally has a kind of sunshiny, happy mood. If it then modulates – there’s that word again – to a minor key, it will generally feel as if the sun has ...

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The transformative power of classical music

a fascinating talk on classical music by Benjamin Zander.

I stumbled across this whilst challenging myself to come up with at least one musician for each letter of the alphabet (a current Facebook challenge is to be given a letter and produce some music with by a musician whose name begins with that letter).

It’s both very amusing and highly informative.

Enjoy! (and maybe recommend it to pupils who need to develop a more responsive style of playing).

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Music in Nature

Welcome to the dinglemusic blog.

I will be posting all kinds of things here, ranging from theory hints and tips to fascinating videos and stories which might be of interest to musicians – or indeed to anyone who enjoys listening to sounds.

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Music is a Good Thing

Music is a good thing. But what we did not know until we started with the research for this piece: Music is also a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it. Have a look. You might agree with our conclusion!

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Review by Paul Dowbekin in the MMA Journal Ensemble pub. 2008

Grade 5 Theory is one of those things that just won’t go away. I know that I begin each academic year with a subconscious dread of making a start on the inevitable theory sessions. Some pupils take to it like a duck to water and they can be a real joy to teach. They absorb the intricacies of the subject, beginning to understand why the music they play is written like it is, beginning to see why some pieces feel ...

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Review by Frances Taylor in Music Teacher Magazine pub. February 2008

“Music Theory is a subject which seems to engender strong feelings a bit like Marmite – you either love it or hate it. On the whole music pupils tend to view theory as a bit of a chore, something which is necessary but not quite so much fun as the practical music making. Unfortunately you can only get so far without some serious theoretical knowledge and as a self confessed lover of theory I am delighted to see a ...

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