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Power of the Pentatonic

April 2, 2013

by Sharon Mazion - Breck School

Note from David Birrow: Sharon sent me this excellent reply to last week's posts about the pentatonic
            scale's use in general music settings. I thought it was convincing and warranted it's own post.

I tend to approach my teaching more from an Orf…

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Pentatonic stuff and Song listing open thread

March 21, 2013

Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 2by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Two things today. First some interesting pentatonic stuff:

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Bobby Hutcherson and the Pentatonic Scale

March 14, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

One of my favorite vibes players is Bobby Hutcherson. I especially like his Blue Note recordings from 1963 through 1969. His playing is melodic, adventurous and provides an experimental foil to the playing of Milt Jackson.  I started transcribing his solos …

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Pentatonic Scale: Friend or Foe?

March 13, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

8c10174rThe pentatonic scale is certainly common in music from around the world. As a percussionist, I've been in African and Javanese percussion ensembles that have used the scale almost exclusively and of course I think that students should experience music from …

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Pentatonic as a Universal?

March 10, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Sarah Hruska-Olson made the point that the pentatonic scale, in one form or another, can be found in many cultures around the world.  While the cognitive universality of the scale hasn't been proven empirically, many teachers, and in particular Orff and Kod…

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Ten Super Sunny Joys of the Pentatonic Scale

March 7, 2013

by Sarah Hruska-Olson Olson.Sarah@MacPhail.org

Many years ago, I took my son to an ECFE parent/infant class.  The instructor gave us a sheet entitled, “The 10 Super Sunny Joys of Peek-a-Boo.”  Peek-a-boo is such a natural and universal game to play with babies, but there are so many great underl…

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