Greetings to all musicians, budding and current, in our fair Barony of Ayreton.
The members of the Baron's Noyse have decided we will do something a little
different on Monday evenings in July, and we'd be happy to have additional
people join us. We are going to spend a part of our regular 7:30-9:00 meeting
time working on lessons to develop our musicianship skills. Specifically, we
are going to be working through some lessons from the American Recorder
Society. While the lessons are designed for recorder players, much of the
material is appropriate for any musician, whether vocalist or instrumentalist.
Topics in the ARS Personal Improvement Plan lessons that I think we'll get to
* basic recorder fingerings on either C or F instruments (substitute your own
instrument or voice)
* developing skill at more than one articulation
* understanding common major/minor keys, by ear and in notation
* intonation practice, matching pitch
* ear training, matching short melodic and rhythmic phrases by ear
* rhythm training, practicing common rhythmic patterns in dance music
* sightreading / sightsinging practice
I'm likely to supplement some of that material with at least a mention of
historical practice in various areas.
Note that while beginners are welcome, this isn't really intended as a beginner
class. We won't be spending as much time on any one topic as I would if
beginners were the target audience. This is more intended as a way for people
with stale musical skills to refresh them, and to help formalize knowledge
people have picked up haphazardly over years of playing. If you're an absolute
beginner, talk to me about doing some additional lessons outside the Baron's
Noyse time, so you have a better chance of keeping up with the group.
This will be every Monday in July (yes, including Independence Day), at my
house, 2506 W. Morse Ave, Chicago, 60645 (contact me off list if you need
directions) from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Please let me know (off list) if you're likely to come, so I can have enough
Hope to see (and hear) you there!
Robyyan Torr d'Elandris (Dennis R. Sherman)
Tree-Girt-Sea, Ayreton, Midrealm (Chicago, IL USA)