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Rhythm Composition (2013) – Hoffman Academy

October 26, 2019


Hello, and welcome back. I’m Joseph Hoffman. Today we are going to make our own composition.
What’s a composition? Well, just like an author is someone who writes
stories or books, a composer is someone who makes music. Every song that you’ve ever heard in your
life was written by someone, and today you get to be a composer. You are going to make up your own song today. We are going to do our first song together.
We’ll make it up, and then I’ll let you try to make up your
own song. The first step will be making up a rhythm. So let’s come on over to the heartbeat mat
and compose a rhythm together. Alright, here we’ve got our heartbeat mat. Now, I’m just going to make up a rhythm here. Using some quarter notes, two eighth notes
and a quarter note I just made up this rhythm. Let’s see what my rhythm sounds like. Try to say it with me while we point to each
heartbeat. TA TA TI-TI TA. Well, since I’m the composer I can decide
if I like that or not and I think I want to change it. Let’s try… I think I want to change that quarter note
for two eighth notes instead. Let’s try this rhythm now. TA TI-TI TI-TI
TA. Ya I like that rhythm. Now, lets go to the next row and keep going
with our rhythm. In this row, I think I’ll go like this. And then we’ll add a quarter rest at the end. Let’s test it out and see how we like this
rhythm. TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. Ya I think I like that. Now, let’s try the whole thing from the start and just make sure we like what we composed.
Here we go. Ready, try to say it with me. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. Ya. Nice. Let’s keep this rhythm. Once you are happy with the rhythm that you
are composing, we are going to write it down on paper. All
right. Now, I’m going to write down the rhythm that
I created with these cards on this rhythm composition sheet which you
can download it is part of the complete materials for unit
one. So I had TA TI-TI TI-TI TA and I’ll just draw
that over here. [Drawing notes] Now let’s see if I got that right. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA. Yep. Okay now. [Drawing notes] And a quarter rest. Okay. Now I’ve drawn it on my rhythm composition
sheet. Now, there are lots of things we can do with
this rhythm. First, let’s try speaking it. I’ll speak it
once, and then I’ll give you a turn by yourself. The first time just listen as I do it. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. Now you try by yourself. Point with me and
say it. Ready go. [Pointing at notes] Great job. Now, another thing we can do with
this rhythm would be to play it on some kind of instrument. We’re going to play it on piano in a minute but first let’s try some kind of percussion
instrument. At your home, maybe you have like a shaker
or some kind of drum. If you don’t have a drum, you can turn many
things into a drum. Maybe you can take a pot and a wooden spoon or ask your parents what would be appropriate
to use for a drum. Ok here I have a couple of egg shakers which
we are going to use to shake this rhythm. So let’s say the rhythm once and then we’ll
shake it right after. We’ll just do one line at a time. First speak
this rhythm with me as we point it. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA. Good now let’s try to speak the second row and then we’ll shake it right after we are
done. Here we go. TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. And on a rest since there is silence we won’t
shake. Good, last of all we are going to try to play
this rhythm on the piano. So let’s come on over to the piano and try
it out. Now we are ready to take the rhythm that we’ve
composed and turn it into a melody. A melody is something we can sing or play
on the piano. So we are going to take this rhythm and let’s
use the C-major pentascale which means we’ll put our five fingers of
the right hand on C D E F and G like this. Now, let’s look at this rhythm again and just
try the first row. We’ve got TA TI-TI TI-TI TA. I’m going to play that rhythm using any note
I choose. I’m the composer so I get to choose. Here’s
my first try. TA TI-TI TI-TI TA. Well, I didn’t totally
like that. So let me try something different. Remember if you’re the composer, you decide
if you like it or not. So let’s try something else. TA TI-TI TI-TI
TA. I did like that one, so let’s write down the
letter names that I played. I did: C D D E G G. So I’m going to write
that down. Every letter will go underneath the note head
that I played. So I did C D D E G G. All together it sounds like this: C D D E
G G. Now I’m ready to compose a melody for this
next rhythm. Let’s see. I have TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. Let’s
try it like this. TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. I’m not totally happy
with that. Let’s try something else. TI-TI TI-TI TA rest. I did like that one. I did F D skip down and then E D C stepping
down. So let’s write that down. F D
E D C rest. Now I’m going to try to play my whole song
from the beginning to see if I like it. C D D E G G, F D E D C rest. Ya! We just composed
a song together. Now at home, I’d like you to try doing that
same process yourself. Let’s review all the steps for composing a
song. First, you are going to make up a rhythm using
the heartbeat mat, and those rhythm cutouts. You can get a mat and the rhythm cutouts by downloading our complete materials for unit
one. Then once you have a rhythm you like, you’re going to try writing that rhythm down
on the rhythm composition activity page also from the complete
materials. Then you are going to practice saying your
rhythm as you touch each beat. You are going to practice clapping, drumming,
or shaking your rhythm. Then last of all, you are going to go to the
piano and try to make up a melody that uses the
rhythm that you composed. I just did these two rows, but at home you
can do a longer song that uses up all four rows. Once of the funnest parts about composing
is sharing your music with other people. So once you’ve done your composition, practice
it, and make a video of it. You can upload it to YouTube, and you can
share it with your friends. You can even upload it to our Facebook page
so I can watch it too. Thanks for watching today, and I’ll see you
next time.

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  3. Finished your song for you. Took about an hour. But it's cool. It also uses A and B because I like to use other things and tried to play another song on the piano which led me to learn those keys.

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