Vampire Blues key signature
Posted 01 December 2018 - 14:20
I saw this thread years ago but then had terrific trouble signing up to respond. When I finally did get a login, I couldn’t find the thread and/or it was at a very busy time. Anyway, the planets have now aligned or something and I’m glad to have put my thoughts down.
I did hear it became very popular! I didn’t fully realise how much except for the occasional clue, such as a shared conversation describing an examiner groaning. That was never my intention...
Posted 01 December 2018 - 19:10
Oooh! Are you THE Mr. Wooding?
If so, let me tell you that your piece was so popular a choice that I was glad when the syllabus changed. That's a back handed compliment by the way.
...... still we’re enjoying Egyptian Level now!
Posted 01 December 2018 - 19:21
Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:56
I am a big fan of Spooky Piano Time anyway. It really captures their imagination.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:13
Posted 08 December 2018 - 13:24
Mind you my ABRSM grade 1 played a tune very similar to LCM grade 1 a couple of years back. LCM called it Trumpet Tune, and very cheerful it still sounds on the AB syllabus
Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:43
Well, this is just adorable!
Before I realised what was going on I was thinking "wow, this is a lovely clear explanation of how this works, now I get it"...
(I love jazz, just have never learned enough about it to be sure about why things work the way they do!)
Posted 15 December 2018 - 13:02
Then considering that Jazz has revived or borrowed the ethos that underpins modal concepts of scale construction... It can bring fresh insights to already well studied classical compositions which are historically kind of sandwiched in between. For me, it made all music become interconnected.
Thanks for all the positive words about The Egyptian Level and Spooky Piano Time :-) I’m very happy with this book and equally so that ABRSM has picked this piece AND managed to squeeze my poem in as well!
Indeed The Egyptian Level is easier than Vampire Blues, I gather this was a big push from teacher feedback that the early grades needed to be more approachable for early learners. Initial feedback to the syllabus was pretty positive, how is it shaping up?
Posted 15 December 2018 - 13:24
Posted 15 December 2018 - 14:12
I was surprised when they said they wanted to include them. And people don’t call me Kev by the way
If there were a way to upload pics I could show some of the original drafts, particularly of the artwork. I’ve got some copies of those.
Posted 15 December 2018 - 14:30
Why so sceptical, ma non troppo? I believe in you, Kevin .
Posted 15 December 2018 - 15:27
Kevin, you could upload the photos - that would be very interesting. You can put them on an image hosting site and link to here? I would love to see them, and I am sure others would too.