|posted: 9/24/2006 at 10:24:11 PM ET|
Hi everyone - hope all is well.
At the end of todays' lesson my teacher thought it would be a good idea to do a little dictation.
I've heard the term (probably my mother or father) but not sure of it's meaning - does it mean that my teacher plays a note than I write the note? Guess you can tell this is really new to me.
Is there a way to get a headstart on this before my next lesson on Sunday? Thanks for any and all suggestions.
|posted: 9/24/2006 at 10:32:56 PM ET|
Dictation literally means that you are writing down somone elses words. In music you would be writing down the notes and/or rhythms that the teacher is playing.
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|posted: 9/24/2006 at 10:49:09 PM ET|
What I think your teacher will do is one or all of several things.
1. Play a rhythm and ask you to write it down.
2. Play a chord and ask you to identify it (triad, 7th, minor, major, etc.)
3. Play a melody and ask you to identify the tonality (major, minor, model)
4. Tell you to write a chord. (ex. notate a Bbm7th chord.)
5. Tell you the 1st note and play a melody and ask you to notate it. (probably short)
6. Play two notes and ask you to identify the intervals (4th, 5th)
7. Play a note and ask you to notate a specific interval above or below.
They are not likely to ask you to identify specific notes unless they think you have perfect pitch.
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|posted: 9/25/2006 at 2:03:23 AM ET|
Harmonic, Melodic and Rhythmic forms are probably what your teacher will use, suzyq, but structure may be included. Structure can include things like modulation and even syncopation.
A good example of dictation, which I use at least once a term, is to play a 12 bar piece 6 or 7 times and stop at a particular bar ie: bar 7, and ask students to identify if the chord is a I, IV or V, and/or a 7th.
Intervals,and Augmented, Diminished or Suspended forms are another.
|posted: 9/25/2006 at 11:25:35 AM ET|
Thanks for getting back to me. Have to say that I feel like a kid back in school whose teacher loves pop quizzes.
Guess dictation will be another challenge, we'll see - next Sunday.
|posted: 9/25/2006 at 10:18:54 PM ET|
Hi suzyq, www.teoria.com has examples of much of the stuff maintube and Pete are referring to. It is in the tutorial section. Check it out, and you can get a head start on Sunday's lesson.
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|posted: 9/26/2006 at 12:27:31 AM ET|
Thanks for the tip on Teoria - I checked it out and really liked what I saw.
I put in favorite spots and will work with it in the morning. It's 11:25PM as a write this post.