After experiencing a significant loss of hearing due to Otitis Media, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve truly come to realize an all new level of appreciation for the works of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
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Earlier today I handed back last week’s music exam. One particular student did pretty well and scored a ninety percent. He was quite stoked about it. In fact, this student was so stoked that he felt it necessary to gloat in front of those who scored considerably lower than ninety percent. He took it to the point of demanding a sticker for his “outstanding performance”. I finally agreed and went to my desk and grabbed my stash of Despicable Me stickers. (They seem to go over pretty well with the kids.) I, then, tore the legs off of one of the minion characters and handed it to him. He yelled, “Mr. Bell, it’s ripped!” I replied, “Yeah, since you’re Mr. 90%, I’ll give you ninety percent of a sticker.”
Numerous students have approached me regarding the seeming correlation between playing faster and the shorter the note value. However, this correlation is only perceptual, providing that the only way the performer could actually play faster is by altering the tempo.
Notes that are shorter such as the sixteenth note, for example, are not performed faster than longer notes such as the half note.
Because a note is a duration of sound, the duration of shorter notes are just simply sustained for a shorter period of time. For this reason, as the listener hears a succession of sixteenth notes in comparison to a succession of half notes, the audible perception is that the performer is playing faster. Nonetheless, this is a variance in sustained sound and not speed.
Today, one of my students said that I should write an instructional book geared towards learning drums and percussion. This is an idea I’ve been entertaining for quite some time now. I’m just not sure if the world is ready for a manifesto of all my rants and oppositions to the overall accepted conventions of the craft.