Dynamics

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My teacher sent me home this week with three songs desperately in need of dynamics. Unfortunately for me, the reason they didn’t already have them was due to me not having a clue where to start. I spent until yesterday frustrated beyond belief, having analyzed all the harmonies as she requested and ending up more confused than when I started. So, today I decided to try singing the melodies, totally off key with absurd dynamics, bad American Idol audition style. Surprisingly, my ears have not started bleeding, I actually hit a few right notes, and I came up with some reasonable dynamics for a couple of the songs.

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2 responses »

  1. Isn’t it interesting how naturally we express music using our voices, and how difficult that can be as we are learning to play the cello?

    BTW, I can’t imagine your teacher would be anything but supportive about your studying theory. Saves a lot of time in lessons, too.

  2. It doesn’t save time, and actually makes her talk to me more about theory, because I’m able to understand more!

    I don’t think it’s odd at all: we have been using our voices to express ourselves since we were born. I think it’s pretty natural. I wonder about people who started playing as toddlers, if it’s as natural to them, or if they still need to use voice to think about expression.

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