I had forgotten everything I used to set this blog up. I found what I had written in my Imagine the Possibilities book. I am flextones and my pw is known only to a few.
My memory is not good, and the administrators of this site don't make things known to you very well.
Actually I am 55 now. I am retired, from the school system, because jobs have dried-up. I can't even substitute teach because I live in Michigan now. Michigan is in bad shape economically. If I was in Indiana I would be getting called to substitute everyday. My old school system is large and always in need of teachers.
I just heard Christina Agulara. I hope that's the way you spell her last name sing with Herbie Hancock at the piano. They did the Leon Russell classic "Im Singing This Song For You". I must admit she improvises well. My opinon of her work as a singer just went up 50%. There are some more things I need to hear before I would say she is a great singer, but she is on her way.
I have got a virus called "scanners". I can't control the computer anymore. Microsoft sent me a virus abuse warning on Tuesday 3/21/2006 5:40pm APAbuse_L3@msn.com subject CST 200807473ID MSN VIRUS ABUSE 1st Warning
To harmonise you really need to own the intervals. They need to be your personal possession, where you can hear and interpret the half-step, whole step, minor third, major third and perfect fourth without error and quickly. Total and absolute mastery is a must. The other intervals are just inversions. The Split-Octave is not absolutely necessary to get started, however it is the last interval that must be mastered to have control of the tonal system.
You need to understand ratios and proportions to have a thorough grasp of the overtone series. This knowledge will help you to understand how the Hammond Organ Drawbars are set-up. You can use them with out this knowledge if you can recognise sounds well. I know that I didn't know this information years ago but still played pretty well because I can recognise voices on the telephone. If a person talks to me on the phone one time I can remember the sound of the voice. My tonal recall is pretty good, but then again I went to school to train my ear so I have good recall. I used to have trouble with intervals and distances but singing and playing and then reversing that improved my ear a lot.
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