Live Lesson Challenge #2 – (11/29/2018)

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  • #23448
    kahaikahai
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    Hey Guys,

    we had so much fun with the last Live Lesson Challenge. We’re doing it again, but hopefully it will be a little bit easier.
    Key: C

    Chords: Dm, Em, G, Am

    Bonus: Augmented chord, Lyrics, 3/4 or 6/8 time signatures.

    You can also use C major, F major and B diminished, but Dm, Em, G, and Am are the required chords. Aldrine also put out an added challenge of switching time signatures in the middle of the song. Something like going from 4/4 to 3/4. It’s too crazy for me, but maybe some of you can pull it off. Like I said, we had a ton of fun with the last challenge, and we enjoyed seeing what you guys came up with. We look forward to seeing what you guys do this time.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    P.S. I totally forgot that the deadline for the Challenge is December 13th. Good luck everybody!

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    #23504
    marcgmarcg
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    Hello,

    Priya and I came up with a song for the Live Lesson Challenge! The title of the song is “Tea Time Waltz.”

    This song was created from a few different ideas. Firstly, I wanted to avoid using the I and the III as much as possible because I felt like it made my solos kind of stale. I also wanted to add more chromatic notes on the off beat to color my solos. This was inspired by an 8-bit theory video on Mario.

    Next, I was inspired by another 8-bit video on sonic the hedgehog to write a chord progression without too many strong resolutions. I did this by starting on the V (G) and ending on the II (D7). D7 has a C so it makes gives the progression a “weaker” resolution. I don’t know my music theory that well but the progression and the solo I made seems to change the song to the key of G (It’s probably the D7).

    Finally, I was able to meet Kris Fuchigami this weekend and I was inspired to insert a chord melody into the song after watching his performance of “O Holy Night.” I really wanted to try doing a syncopated rhythm but I wasn’t sure what to emphasize on a 3/4 time signature. Any Ideas?

    We hope you enjoy our song. It was the first original piece we’ve ever written!

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    #23508
    marcgmarcg
    Member

    Also, I choose the first interval of my solo to be a 5th because it sounded like my daughter saying “Tea time!”

    #23509
    Alan FasickAlan Fasick
    Member

    Marc and Priya,

    Very nice! Love that you made it a duet — looks like you had fun putting it together.

    Cheers,
    Alan

    #23510
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Marc and Priya,

    great job with your song. I love it! You did switch the key to G, but I think we can overlook it because you also made the song in 3/4, so bonus points to you. I actually think you switching to G was a good choice. It kept the song nice and upbeat. If you kept it in C, you would have had to use Dm which would have made the song moody and dark, and have no resolution. Or you could have switched it so that the chord patter would be C, Am, Dm, and G or G7, but I like it in the key of G better. I think Andrew Huang has a saying like, “follow the music.” Which means to let the song dictate what it needs to be or do instead of the songwriter making all the choices. I know you went in with some goals like adding chromatic notes and the 7th chord, but it also seems like you didn’t make that your focus, and instead just tried to make a good song overall.

    That’s actually something I’m struggling with. I’m still trying to adhere to the song challenge, but I also feel like my song wants to go in a different direction from what the challenge dictates. Hopefully I can come up with a nice balance. Seeing what you guys come up with always gets me excited to go back, and work on my song.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #23585

    Glad the key is a bit easier this time, so here’s my attempt. I’m a bit of a geek so it’s a Christmas song about receiving gadgets and gifts that invade your privacy. So festive!

    #23586
    Rick
    Member

    Awesome! Two thumbs up.

    #23587
    marcgmarcg
    Member

    @ourmaninjapan That was so funny!

    #23593
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Daniel,

    that was great! It’s so cool having someone write lyrics for their challenge response, and both of your songs have been so well thought out. In the future, I’ll probably start smiling even before I play your videos just because I know they’ll be awesome. I don’t know if we’ll do another challenge this week, but if we do. I look forward to what you might come up with.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #23598

    Ha, thanks all! I had fun with this one 🙂
    Not sure how long I can keep this up as it takes me a while, but it’s really good for encouraging creativity and some self-discipline.
    And I really enjoy hearing everyone’s songs. So much variety and originality.

    #23616
    kahaikahai
    Member

    Hey Guys,

    I’m just adding our songs, and what the next song challenge will be.


    Aldrine’s Song – Elder’s Recess


    Aaron’s Sad Christmas Song


    My Chiptune Pop Punk Song


    The Next Challenge

    We’ll have another forum post for the next challenge, but I just thought I’d post it here too. Also if anyone sees these challenges after the deadline, and wants to try the challenge themselves, we would love to see what you can do.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #23629

    Whoa! Way to go Daniel! 🙂

    #23633

    Ah, thank you Renee!
    By the way, I loved the vibe in your Stray Cat Strut. Would love to hear it again – next open mic perhaps?

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