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In the Mood

"In the Mood" is a famous piece by Glen Miller that was written in 1946.

 

It starts off with the saxophones playing in unison.

 

It is played here by a Big Band.  It is a piece of swing music (listen to the drumkit - "cheese toastie" played on the ride cymbal).

 

At 1:10 it features solos by two saxophone players.

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Call Me Maybe - Vintage Carly Rae Jepsen Cover [The Original Video]

Notice that the melody of the piano features lots of syncopation.  There is also a steady vamp in the left hand of the piano, which is also doubled on the double bass, which is being played pizzicato.  The tempo is Allegro (fast).

 

The style of piano playing is called _________________.

 

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"Take 5" - Sax Girl

Listen to the video above and answer the following questions:-

 

1) How many beats are there in a bar?

2) Which Italian word best describes the tempo?

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Swing music - "Sing Sing Sing"

Listen to this "Big Band" piece played by the Swing Girls and try to answer the following questions:-

 

1) How many beats are there in a bar?

2) Name all the instruments that you see and hear?

3) Think about any other concepts that you hear.

4) What concept is featured on the solo instrument at 1:00min through?

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Trumpet played with a mute (con sordino)

NYC Trumpeter, Charlie Porter, demonstrates the sound and techniques used for a variety of mutes on the trumpet, including the harmon mute, wah wah, plunger,...
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Thrift Shop (Vintage "Grandpa Style" Macklemore Cover)

1) The double bass is being played using ____________ (Italian concept).

2) The left hand of the piano (right hand as you look at the screen) is playing a ____________.

3) The style of piano playing is called __________________.

4) The tempo of the music is ______________ (Italian concept).

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The Acrobat

Listen to the video above and answer the following questions:-

 

1) What instrument is playing the solo?

2) What is the name given to the group of instruments accompanying the soloist?

3) What concept is featured at 1:59?

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Jazz and Blues flashcards | Quizlet

All the jazz and blues concepts for National 3 - 5 music.  Includes games and tools such as flashcards.

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Swing Music

Example of swing music in action in "Strictly Come Dancing"

 

1) How many beats are there in a bar?

2) Is the piece major or minor?

3) Name all the instruments that are playing.

4) Think about any other concepts that you can hear

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