Monday, July 16, 2007

Can you read the mind of the music in advance?

Can you read the mind of the music in advance?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Musical chords

Someone (a student of mine) asked me the difference between a chord and a musical chord. At first I chuckled at the question, because after all, a chord is a chord -- it's part of music.

But after thinking about it for a moment, I realized that it depends on how the word is used, and the intent of the question. Did she mean that she really doesn't know that all chords are music chords? While possible, that didn't seem likely. Or perhaps she used the word "musical" in the sense of "pleasant or good" -- one chord is musical, while another chord is discordant.

That started me thinking about words in general, and how we who speak English as a native language must drive other people nuts (there's another idiom!) with our idioms.

Take, for example, the phrase "candy box". 99% of us would assume that what is being spoken of is candy in a box. But to a person who grew up speaking another language, it could mean a box made out of candy. And that is a simple example -- it gets much more complex.

I have a young friend from Mexico that I joke with, and one day I called him a hot dog. He looked at me quizzically and asked "pero calliente?" -- which is the literal translation of hot dog. He wondered if I was calling him a dog that was hot.
So I explained the idiom, and he got a big kick out of it, and now calls me "pero calliente" every time I see him.

And so while I realize that phrases such as "musical chords" can mean different things to different people, I told the lady who asked that they are the same as any kind of chords. And chords, of course, are groups of 3 or more notes played simultaneously. (Unless you are speaking of "broken chords" -- but let's not go there...or "implied chords" ...and let's definitely not go there!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Here's a way to learn chords on your CD player in your car...

A friend of mine has just come out with an audio series of chord lessons so you can listen and learn as you drive, work, play, or whatever. Check it out at Audio Series.

"Do You Know Of A Good Course In Singing?"

From time to time people ask me if I have a course in singing.

If you heard me sing, you would know for sure that I don't have a course in singing. But there is an excellent course available online called something like Sing-O-Rama It is very inexpensive and has good reviews. Listen to the creator of the course tell about it at Sing-O-Rama.

Pretty interesting.

If you take the course, please let me know how you like it -- thanks!
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