Easy Pop Songs For Mandolin

Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)

Hey Ya (Originally performed by OutKast, but the best acoustic version is by Obadiah Parker –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c745E7T_Wvg )


Bad (Michael Jackson)

Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)

Here are some that I have not tried yet (they might be hard)

Timber (Pitbull ft Ke$ha)

Let’s Get it Started (Black Eyed Peas)

Here are some that I tried and were kind of hard:

Give Me Just a Reason (Pink ft Fun.)

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Music Theory and Circle of Fifths

The other day we were talking about chord progressions and I realized that some people don’t know how Roman Numerals are used in Music Theory. I would recommend reading this entire blog post and then perusing the chart to see how what I am saying compares to this “Circle of Fifths” chart.

THE BASICS

Suppose we are in the key of C. We could also say that the C is the “tonic” tone. The tones of the C scale are the white keys on the piano C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.

The I is the C Chord (C – E – G) (also known as the “root” chord)

The IV is the F Chord (F -A-C) (Also known as the perfect fourth or the subdominant chord)

The V is the G Chord (G – B – D) (Also known as the perfect fifth or the dominant chord)

Almost every country song, as well as the song Louie Louie, are written with a I-IV-V progression.

Three examples of the I-IV-V that you might want to try:

(1) I-IV-I-V song that starts with a C chord  as the root (I) and then goes to and F (IV) and then back to a C (I) and then a G (V) and then repeats forever.

(2)   I-IV-I-V song that starts with a G chord  as the root (I) and then goes to and C (IV) and then back to a G (I) and then a D (V) and then repeats forever.

(3)  I-IV-I-V7 song that starts with a E chord  as the root (I) and then goes to and A (IV) and then back to an E (I) and then a B7 (V7) and then repeats forever.

MORE ADVANCED

If you want to get more complex, you might add some of the following minor chords: ii, iii, and vi . (Notice how these are written in lower case because they are minor chords.)

So… if we are in the key of C…

The vi is the Am Chord (A – C – E). A is the major sixth interval above C (six white keys above C), but it is also a minor third interval below a C (three frets = 3 half tones =  a minor third interval). The key of Am is the relative minor to the key of C (because they have the same key signature). So Am and C sound good together. Try strumming these on your instrument!

The ii is the Dm Chord (D – F – A). D is the second note in the C scale, hence the ii. D is a whole step (two frets = a major second interval) above C. The key of Dm is the relative minor to the key of F, so Dm and F sound good together. Try strumming these on your instrument!

The iii is the Em Chord (E – G – B). E is a minor third interval above C.  The key of Em is the relative minor to the key of G, so Em and G sound good together. Try strumming these on your instrument!

MORE STUFF TO LOOK AT

I dunno if that was too complex, but here are some visual aids to study that I stole from google image search:

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Your new years resolution is to learn these –> http://www.guitarhabits.com/5-beautiful-ways-to-play-a-ii-v-i-jazz-chord-progression/

Now go back up to the top and review the circle of fifths chart!

What is the background picture? (Charlevoix, MI)

Charlevoix Michigan

= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlevoix,_Michigan

Located in Northern Michigan

= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Michigan

2013 0718 chx aerial

If you want to know more, I found a bunch of pics on google image search and inserted them below alongside informative captions.

ZOOMING IN TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Michigan is shaped like a mitten. The people downstate (Detroit and Grand Rapids) say, “Up North” when referring to northern michigan.

NORTHWEST MICHIGAN AND TRAVERSE AREA

The left coast of Northern Michigan is the best part — also known as Northwest Michigan (hashtag = #NWMI). Charlevoix is on the shoreline in the picture below, between the Grand Traverse Bay (where Traverse City is) and the Little Traverse Bay (where Petoskey is). Traverse City is the location of the main airport (code:TVC) and shopping mall (Grand Traverse Mall). Mackinaw is up at the tip of the mitten.

THE CHARLEVOIX HARBOR

Charlevoix has a natural harbor that links Lake Michigan to a very large inland lake known as Lake Charlevoix. As a result of its beautiful location, Charlevoix attracts boats and tourists. They walk around and buy tee shirts and fudge. The biggest event of the year is the annual Venetian festival, so named because Charlevoix is a “city on the water” like Venice Italy. http://www.venetianfestival.com/

ZOOMING BACK TO MY SOUTHERN HOME

It is a 14 hour drive to get to Charlevoix From Richmond

Color Blindness Test (aka Ishihara Test)

Want to take a Color Blindness Test? The Ishihara test (a series of test plates made up of colored dots) was invented by a Japanese man (Dr. Shinobu Ishihara) almost 100 years ago. Let’s get started!

1. Take out a piece of paper

2. number it 1 to 21

3. click on this link –> http://www.colour-blindness.com/colour-blindness-tests/ishihara-colour-test-plates/

4. write down what you see on each plate. For example. you would write down “12” when you see the following plate.

5. When you are done, you can go back and click on each picture to figure out if you are color blind.

I can tell you that on plates 2, 4, 5, and 8 throu 13, I am DEFINITELY in the “red-green” color blind category. the fancy word for red-green color-blindness is “Deuteranopia

If you want to know what color blind people see, the pictures at this site seem pretty accurate for my Deuteranopia. In most cases, the two plates look the same to me.

More information at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_perception_test

Auld Lang Syne 2014

  VERSE CHORUS:
1 Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
2 And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
3 We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
4 We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
5 And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.