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Hashtag Sharp
12 September, 2013, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Education, Music, Non-Profit, Social


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I truly believe that no youth should be taken away a chance of pursuing music because of financial constrains. I’ve started an initiative. #sharp is a free music class for youths who do not have have the means to have such a class. Using music as a mentoring opportunity – through the class, youths will be able to make friends with mentors, creating a healthy role model in their lives. Based in Singapore. Share it with your friends and I hope people who need this programme will be connected to #sharp.

http://www.facebook.com/hashtagsharp

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Jazze Sesame
10 October, 2010, 11:11 pm
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Just discovered these brilliant jazzed up sesame street episodes!



Baroque Jazz
9 July, 2010, 11:54 pm
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Just found a couple of playings on YouTube. It’s awesome stuff. Very satisfying to my eardrums. This is just one example of it:



Relighting my passion for music.
21 December, 2009, 12:54 am
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The use of classical music techniques in the current music of this time simply intrigues me. Just listen.



Fascinating Rhythm
20 November, 2009, 11:58 pm
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There is this music composition technique whereby 7 beats phrase are used in 8 beats pieces (4/4). Sounds weird to you? Yeah it’s pretty unusual but the result of it is simply… fascinating!

So how do you fit it inside? Let’s make a comparison between the 7 beats phrase and the usual 8 beats phrase.

8 beats: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8|

7 beats: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 | 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 | 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 |

So this 7 beats phrase only comes to a completion when beat 7 ends on the 8th beat of the bar. Using common factor in mathematics, that means after 56 beats!

I was quite amazed to find this technique in a song by Hillsong London titled, “Lord of All”.

Try listening from 6:32 to 7:20 and see if you can identify this 7 beats over 8 beats musical feature. If you can find it and count it, you will discover that they completed the cycle and repeated another time.

So this feature was invented by George Gershwin (based on my limited musical knowledge). He used it in this song “Fascinating Rhythm” for his musical “Lady Be Good”.

Listen from 0:36 to 0:47 and you will find the 7 beats over 8 beats feature too. However, Gershwin cut short the cycle and just ended it by adding extra 2 beats.

So it goes like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 | 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 |

Well it works too. Really applaud Gershwin for his musical talent in creating such whacky rhythm. Awesome.

I really love finding similarities between music of the past and music of the present. Though they are almost a hundred or a few hundred years apart, the elements in it still remains. Before this, I ever posted another comparison between a current piece and a baroque piece. Check it out over here: Imma Shine

More fascinating discoveries to come!



The Idea Number of Pianos in a Piano Ensemble
8 November, 2009, 12:26 am
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Sadly my school’s piano ensemble has just TWO pianos. Someone please donate more pianos to us!



Poker Face
14 October, 2009, 11:45 pm
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It’s amazing how one song can be interpreted in so many different styles by different artists.

Chris Daughtry

Mika – I totally love how he completely changed the style to his!

Jillian Marie Thomas, Active Singaporean Musician on YouTube

The Original One: Lady Gaga