So after the first few sessions on 'Sinkapotato', here's what happened next. I've written it a way that is more instructional in the hope that it's easier to read and therefore use:
A reminder about that chant:
Please ensure you have read Sinkapotato - Part 1 before tackling any of this!
Shake, Rattle & Roll time (percussion):
- Add percussion instruments (un-pitched and pitched).
- Transfer to any instrument the children may already play (beware of any transposing instruments).
- Sticking to the original rhythm, improvise following a set of given parameters, such as a pentatonic scale (C D F G A or D E G A B) or 'Make the two lines contrasting', or ‘Must include an octave jump’ etc..
- Once they have completed their interpretation, encourage fine-tuning, add articulation and dynamics etc.
- Rehearse and repeat. Prepare for a performance.
- Create a rhythmic backing to chant over the top of.
- Create an ostinato or two to accompany the new melody.
- As above, but using voices.
- Add Vocal samples to create a backbeat.
- Rap over the top of an electronic backbeat.
- Encourage children to score their music using digital notation, such as Noteflight.
For all of the above: Remove the parameters and see what happens - what will the children create?
My favourite - include bits of all of these to blend rap, chanting, electronic beats, sampling, live instrumental playing and singing to come up with a unique performance.
Enjoy watching the creativity unfold in front of your eyes. Prepare to be amazed!
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