Welcome to the performance aspect of this unit. For this segment you will need the score that corresponds to your instrument (or the tuning of your instrument) and an open mind. If you haven’t downloaded the scores yet, you can do so by visiting the Materials page. On this page I will provide you with a streamable MIDI file of an entire ensemble playing the first 32 bars of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ that I arranged in the notation program Finale and short tutorial videos demonstrating how to play certain parts of the song. Also, see toward the bottom of the page for ASSESSMENT details!
Via SoundCloud, listen to (and download if you like) the full ensemble arrangement of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
This is just an example of all the instruments playing together. You are not required to include all of these instruments – that would be far too difficult!
For the guitarists and bass guitarists out there, the traditional music notation included in the Scores package is quite easy to read. However, if you do find that you’re struggling to sight read please find below a very brief tablature score which is all you need to play the song. If you’d like to save it, simply right-click and press ‘Save picture as’.
A short guitar tutorial:
For the pianists, same story. If you are struggling to sight read though, I’ve created a brief tutorial video demonstrating how to play the chords the song requires.
Alternatively, I did not include a score for this video BUT it’s fantastic visual learning and expands on the piano part quite extensively if you would like to do the same. I did not create this but it’s a great help.
For the budding vocalists you can download the lyric sheet for the entire song here. You only need the first two verses and simply follow the melody in C (xylophone) score or watch the video as a guide. Speaking of the xylophone, you can download the notated score from the Materials page but if you need a bit of help playing the melody try the visual notation I’ve posted below. Simply click the picture to enlarge it.
For the percussionists the rhythm is quite simple but below is a very brief video outlining how to play the rhythm using body percussion. Have your score handy so that you can follow along.
As this is a school unit of work, you will be assessed on your ability to interact with and utilise technological resources available to you in order to demonstrate your abilities.
- The first step in this assignment will require you to choose a section of the song that is relevant to your instrument from the ‘Scores’ folder that is available to download on the Materials page.
- You will need to select a group/ensemble that MUST include at least one percussionist and one pitched instrument. Groups shouldn’t be bigger than four people.
- Learn and practice your part then record your progress each week either solo or as a group and upload it via your divshare.com account to send the download link to me – firstname.lastname@example.org. Your recordings each week will count towards your mark so it is important that you remember to do this.
- The final part of the assessment will come at the end of the unit of work. You will need to reflect on your process by answering these three questions and uploading them as a Word document via your divshare.com account then sending to my email listed above.
- What did I/we do?
- What was good? What was bad?
- What could we have done better?
If you have any questions about the website, assessment, scores or troubles with the technology required, please don’t hesitate to contact me.