First Semester of Grades

4 01 2010

Well I got my grades. I’ve decided to publish them here to my blog. How daring.

New Testament Survey     A-

English                           B

Basic Math (Don’t judge)  A

Music Theory                  A

Private Piano                   B-

Speech                          B

Orchestra                       A-

I made the Dean’s List, which is only a B average or higher. At midterms they posted the Dean’s List and there was less than one thousand names on the list. Not sure on the exact number but still when a college has 4,o00 students more should be getting grades that are at least a B average….well that’s all for now.


Hymn Playing Advice 2

12 07 2009

So in this previous blog post I talked about hymn playing and basically what I do but I just realized I left half of it. I didn’t get to talk about the right hand. Here goes.

Right Hand: I play in octaves, usually filled in. So instead of just play two Cs on a C chord I play a full C chord. (C, E, G, and a C just in case you didn’t know) Octaves give the song a fuller, richer song. It takes practice it’s not something that most people can pick up over night.

Left Hand: Let me amend this a little. I don’t JUST do octave and chords. I do use what pianist call runs. I’ll just 8th notes, 16th notes, and triplet runs. It’s something I was to expound on once I have a way of posting pictures of the hymns.

Expect more soon. Of course within reason since I’m leaving for college in a little less than 54 days.

Music Theory

12 06 2009

This astounds me. I know many musicians of all different levels. It amazes me that some of the most gifted know nothing about music theory and struggle when it’s taught. I know some who know a little and some who know none. The only person really that I know that knows music theory is my piano teacher. I knew some when I met her but she helped me learn lots more. I was looking at PCC’s description of the mu8sic theory classes and if I really wanted to and did a little bit of studying I could test out of Freshman music theory all together. That’s not bragging that’s just facts. I know that I would struggle through Sophmore music theory though. It looked really complex…if I don’t start from the beginning I would start in second semester Music Theory. I just don’t want to overburden myself with work that would come easier in time. We’ll see…college will be an exciting new prospect. One place that hopefully I’ll grow and learn so much more. I think that music theory will be one of my favorite classes. I think the harest part of it is learning soflege instead of using letters. If you don’t know it’s Do Re Me instead of C D E.

College is only 85 days away.