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Unit Overview: Band Musicianship 1: The four-chord trick

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13 lessons

What is the role of chords?

In this lesson, we will learn all about chords and their role in a piece of music. We will learn how to construct a triad, the difference between major and minor chords, and how to play Am and Em chords on a variety of instruments. Finally, we will be able to show off what we have learned by playing along to a backing track.

  • 1 Quiz
  • 35m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
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How do chords help us to identify reggae?

In this lesson, we will learn how to identify reggae music by the rhythm in which the chords are played. We will also learn about the music of two reggae artists, and learn how to play chords in a reggae style. We will then add the G major chord to our repertoire, and end the lesson by playing along to a more challenging backing track on our instruments.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 32m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

How do bands ensure that they perform in time, and that all parts are heard?

In this lesson, we will learn all about how members of a band play in time together, and how they can pull off a great performance. We will learn about balance, why it is important, and how musicians address balance in performances and recordings. We will also explore how to fix balance issues using a DAW.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 28m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript

How do you write a rap?

In this lesson, we will learn what rap is, and how to compose a 16 bar rap verse. We will explore the work of rap artists and learn how to prepare for a performance of our own work.

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