Posted by: David French | July 26, 2019

Quizzes, folk songs, listening and technology

PITCH PERCEPTION

pitch test

A musical phrase is played twice. But is the second playing the same, or different? This is an advanced listening quiz challenge from Jake Mandell.

MY MUSIC ONLINE

Can you find good quality listening quizzes on the Internet? There are lots here, including all the essential concepts required for music exams.

WHEN I WAS IN JAMAICA

Valerie Walker, singer. Folk song recorded in Chatham, St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Can you fill in gaps where words are missing from the lyrics?

Apart from the singer, what other sounds did the microphones pick up?

What was happening in Colón? 

GUITAR PERFORMANCE

Milos Karadaglic performs “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” by Francisco Tarrega.

MY LOVE IS ON THE HIGH SEAS

Julie Fowlis sings “My Love is on the High Seas” in the Gaelic language “Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird.”

ABLETON

Music lessons through technology, beginning with drums, bass, chords and melodies.

BURGHEAD SANDS

Come again come again you Burghead men,
To the brocht where you’ll aye belong,
To the druid’s well and the clavie’s smell,
And the oystercatcher’s song

BANYAN TREE

A folk song from Jamaica. This song tells of a time in when there was no electricity.
The moon is shining so its time to dance and sing under the Banyan Tree.

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Posted by: David French | June 29, 2019

Music Education Website Links 2019

AudioSauna

One of the many exciting new links featured on Tanbur Music Education Links PLAY 3

AUDIOSAUNA
Studio Production Synthesizer

ABLETON
Music Lessons

BURGHEAD SANDS
Fishing Song

BANYAN TREE
Folk Song from Jamaica

HARMONICS
Play with sounds of the harmonic series

FROZEN
“For the First Time in Forever”

AULD LANG SYNE – JIM MALCOLM
Traditional song for New Year’s Eve

SCOTLAND’S SONGS
Fantastic resource, previously from Education Scotland.

T.I HARRIS
Rapper with high school musicians

BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018
Prokofiev Piano Concerto

BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN 2016
Sonrisa by Herbie Hancock

SYNTH BEAT
Qwerty keyboard sounds & drums

SAMPULATOR
Create and record

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
Updated to flash player version

CHROME MUSIC LAB
Sound experiments

ORCHESTRA GAME FOR KIDS
Featuring the Magic Flute

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
Lots of sounds

GROOVE PIZZA
Graphics drum controller

ISLE OF TUNE
Create an island that makes music

TOUCH PIANIST
Explore famous pieces by touch

MOZART ANALYSIS
Symphony in G Minor

To explore these links please visit UPDATES

Posted by: David French | April 30, 2017

MUSIC WEBSITES FEATURED APRIL 2017

HAYDN TRPT

 

DRUM MACHINE

Explore the rhythm

GYORGY LIGETI

Piano Works: Video and Score Interactive

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Petroushka ballet: Interactive presentations

PIERRE BOULEZ

Douze Notations

IMOGEN HEAP

Voice and piano

ISHKUR

Guide to Electronic Music

BEETHOVEN

Piano Sonata with score analysis

DUST ECHOES

Aboriginal custom and law

SCHEHERAZADE

Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite

Listen 1 update…

TANBUR

Listen to instruments of the Middle East

PETER AND THE WOLF

Main themes from the piece by Prokofiev

 

Posted by: David French | December 30, 2016

Music Education Website Links 2016

WAGNER

Ride of the Valkyries

INSTRUMENT QUIZ

Fun music interactive for kids

MEET THE MARIACHI

A musical gift from Mexico

PIE JESU – FAURE

Proms 2016 excerpt

BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPEDIA

Fun music questions.

ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

THE BLUES

Wynton Marsalis

ST LOUIS BLUES

W C Handy

FOLK SONG FROM JAMAICA

Colon Man A-Come

MIDEAST TUNES

Music for Social Change.

IRAQI MAQAM

Historic recordings from urban Iraq.

AZERBAIJANI ASHIQ

Saz (tanbur) with poetry, storytelling, songs and dance.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Claire Hastings: Come Spend a While Wi’ Me.

SONGHOY BLUES

Group from Mali in Exile.

TANBUR

Improvisations on tanbur, saz, kemençe, ney

PETER AND THE WOLF

Main themes from the piece by Prokofiev

MONK’S DREAM

Performance by 11 year old jazz pianist

BEATBOXING

Rashidi Omari tutorial.

FAMILIES OF INSTRUMENTS

GCSE Bitesize Revision.

INSTRUMENTATION

10 listening questions.

FUR ELISE

Famous piano piece by Beethoven.

MAPLE LEAF RAG

Famous piano piece by Scott Joplin.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Charlotte Church – This Bitter Earth

MUSICAL FRACTION BARS

Enjoy the sound of fractions.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Adele – Daydreamer

Posted by: David French | January 31, 2016

Jamaica and the Panama Canal

COLON MAN A-COME
Folk Song from Jamaica

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Lyrics of Colon Man A-Come are printed in ‘Mango Walk, Jamaican Folk Songs and Games’ by Ouida Hylton-Tomlinson.

This light-hearted song tells about the Colon Man, returning home from Panama to Jamaica. He is much better off than when he left, as shown by the swagger of a watch chain and smart ‘zoot suit’.

  • Recording details: made around 1984 using a battery cassette tape recorder. Cubase was used (2016) to enhance the audio.
  • Venue and session: ILEA music centre; ‘Caribbean Songs’ in service training for Inner London teachers – mainly English accents!

Please also listen to the version by Cedella Booker Marley (youtube) for that essential Jamaican vibe.

 

 GWINE TO DE BIG JOB

 

“The religious sentiment is strong upon them and as the sun goes down in the waste of waters the wail of hymn tunes sung to the accompaniment of a fiddle and divers mouth organs rises over the whistle of the wind and the rumble of the machinery………..

……..and when their service is ended the United States government is obligated to return them to Jamaica where for a time their money will make them the idols of the markets, lanes and yards.” Willis J. Abbot is writing about the boat journey from from Jamaica to Colon, Panama. He also refers to the earthquake of 1907, Kingston, Jamaica.

Abbot W.L. (1913) Page 22, Panama and the Canal in Pictures and Prose, Syndicate Publishing Company. Internet Archive: archive.org

 

Colon – Bolivar Street

Section of photo 120217 from Postcardmen website

The song has a cheerful and comical feel. In reality though, life for the Colon Man was very tough. Colon was the port of disembarkation for thousands of Jamaican labourers who went to work on the Panama Canal. Risks to life and health included poor living conditions, venomous snakes, dynamite blasts in mountains, drowning in swamps, mud slides in rainy season, railroad accidents, exhaustion and tropical diseases.

panama canal icon for slideshare

Panama Canal 1914 – 2014 Slideshare, guimera, August 2014.
Posted by: David French | December 12, 2015

Play Guitar in Class

pasa full chords

The PLAY GUITAR resources have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.  They are intended to be fun and smartboard friendly.

LEARN THE GUITAR

The basics for beginners with 1) parts of the guitar 2) proper guitar handling 3) notes on the guitar 4) guitar chords

TUNE MY GUITAR

Simple to use tool for tuning the six strings.

EL CONDOR PASA

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Famous song from Peru “Oh Condor mighty owner of the sky, take me home, Inca home…” with lyrics derived from La República of Peru, 2004. This version is very useful for learning chords Em, G and C.

TUM BALALAIKA

Presentation includes guitar chord charts for Am, Dm and E.

WHEN LOVE IS KIND – PLAYALONG

Chord charts provided for G, D, D7, Em, Am

NEW WORLD FOR GUITARS

This backing track is simplified and adapted from New World Symphony no. 9 by A. Dvořák.  Do not expect this to sound like the original piece since it is provided for the revision of easy beginner chords C and G, full chords E, Am, Dm.

Students should follow the link to Listening Adventure for a graphic score that follows the entire four movements of Dvořák’s masterpiece.

MEXICAN MIX

Strum easy guitar chords C, G and G7 and full chord D7 with the Mexican Hat Dance and La Cucaracha.

SKYE BOAT SONG

3 versions with the following features:

  • adapted harmonies

  • triple and quadruple time signatures

  • links to Education Scotland for recordings with background information about Culloden.

Posted by: David French | December 8, 2015

Jingle Bells: guitar and karaoke xmas

jingle

Jingle Bells is just one of many Tanbur Education free songs for the teaching of beginner guitar chords in the music classroom. These fun resources are intended to be smartboard friendly, and have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.

Beginner guitarists find the key of G major fairly easy. Guitar chord charts feature full chords D, G, Em, A7 and E; the scrolling smiley face bounces in sync with the chords while another section of the screen presents the chorus and verses of the lyrics.

Did you find this resource useful? Please leave a comment!

Technical: For most PCs Adobe flash player will need to be installed. If the platform is Android, you will need to use a flash enabling browser such as Puffin.

Posted by: David French | June 15, 2014

ORCHESTRA FEATURE VIDEOS 2013 – 14

Here are details of latest updates to the orchestra feature, with videos streaming from BBC Proms 2013, Cité de La Musique and TED. Youtube videos are not featured because most students in schools will find these blocked by the educational filter.

MOZART PIANO CONCERTO
The extract is performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Paul Lewis (piano).
Conductor – Daniel Harding
TOM AND JERRY
A clip from Scott Bradley’s Tom and Jerry at MGM, with the John Wilson Orchestra
MOZART – SYMPHONY 35
The final section of Mozart’s Symphony no 35.
Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor – Antonio Pappano
BEETHOVEN’S 5TH
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Excerpt from the first movement of Symphony no. 5 in C Minor
Conductor – Donald Runnicles
BEETHOVEN’S 9TH
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (excerpt)
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
BERLIOZ SYMPHONY FANTASTIQUE
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique (extract)
Conductor – Shi-Yeon Sung
THEME FROM DOCTOR WHO
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir.
Conductor – Ben Foster
TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO
Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 Pyotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (extract)
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Violin – Julia Fischer
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
EL SISTEMA
The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra
Young musicians from the El Sistema music program of Venezuela
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement
Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2
Conductor – Gustavo Dudamel

Posted by: David French | March 27, 2013

Yellow Bird – Folk Song

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga aestiva) in Ontario, Canada. The copyright holder is Geoff Clarke.The image appears on his website from the section featuring Canadian birds.

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga aestiva) in Ontario, Canada. The copyright holder is Geoff Clarke.
The image appears on his website from the section featuring Canadian birds.

Is this style of music calypso, folk, mento or mérengue? Does it originate from Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, Latin America or the United States?

Is the yellow warbler native to Costa Rica? Does it belong to Wisconsin, USA or Ontario, Canada? The answer is that the bird flies from place to place and will be known by different names!

The song Yellow Bird has flown around many parts of the world! In the Caribbean island of Haiti it appeared in the late nineteenth century as a poem and a folk song about the beautiful lady known as “Choucoune”. The language is French and the music is mérengue. Following the Calypso Craze of the 1950’s many versions in English began to appear. As Val Serrant reminds us, ‘Trinidad is the land of Calypso’.

Listen to this recent version by the Jamaican born musician Dereck Rose. Visit the Foxyart website  to discover 49 arrangements or original songs songs by Rose, including 18 REGGAE, 3 FOLK, 5 ACOUSTIC, 6 POP, 1 EXPERIMENTAL, 3 EASY LISTENING, 3 CLASSICAL and 10 GOSPEL. Yellow Bird appears in the FOLK category of Foxyart, together with lyrics and a listening track.

The important thing is that, in common with other songs by Dereck Rose, Yellow Bird is inspirational! The young students in my music classroom enjoy singing and performing their own versions. I hope you will also enjoy this song!

Posted by: David French | March 17, 2013

Jazz, blues, orchestra, songs and quiz

BACKWATER BLUES QUIZ
A famous blues song with questions for homework.

JAZZ QUIZ
Fairly advanced listening questions about jazz.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO
Adele – Daydreamer

ORCHESTRA FEATURE
A London Symphony (extract) by R.V. Williams.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO
Lilies. Performed by Natasha Khan, Bat for Lashes. The opening track with autoharp accompaniment, from the album The Haunted Man.

3 BLIND MICE JAZZ
Easy level composition ideas.

ORCHESTRA FEATURE
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 1 in F Minor Op.10; Symphony no. 2 in B Major Op.14; Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Major Op.102; Symphony no. 15 in A Major Op.141; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Minor Op.23 no. 5

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