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The May 9 meeting was smaller than usual but just as fun. Peter DiGiovanni presented a workshop on chord progressions, beginning with a review of intervals and the "circle of fifths" and explaining how a feel for these can be helpful in understanding chord progressions. Peter encouraged us to study the music we currently are playing to learn to recognize where the bass notes and chords fall on the circle, and how the chord progressions are structured.
Fully understanding the circle of fifths also will help boost our self-confidence in playing the bass notes and chords, particularly when sight reading or playing by ear, since the layout of the accordions bass buttons is based on the circle of fifths, Peter said.
He distributed a handout with examples of chord progressions for some well-known songs, including Carnival of Venice, Down by the Riverside, Jamaica Farewell, the Oscar Meyer jingle, Heart & Soul, Five-foot-two and Mr. Sandman. These examples illustrated varying degrees of movement around the circle of fifths, the use of both major and minor chords in the progressions, and simple chord substitutions.
Peter gave us a chance to assimilate the information and try it ourselves, according to Karen. It was a fun and practical workshop.
Spring Concert June 13
The June 13 Spring Concert is almost upon us, and we still need people to sign up to play for five minutes.
Heres the line-up so far:
Dan. Darrikhuma - "The Lord's Prayer" and "Hot Points"
Vic Aijala - TBD
Paul Przedpelski Irish Medley
Peter DiGiovanni TBD
Phil Fox TBD
Mara, Rick and Adam a Scandinavian waltz and schottische
Potomac Ensemble four pieces
Stella and Joan TBD
Vladimir Titarenko, Peter DiGiovanni and Jim Vandelly - TBD
Jim Vandelly - TBD
Mara, Leone and Clare two doo-wop songs
If theres extra time after the concert, well have a jam session, so everyone gets a chance to play.
Meanwhile, we hope to see everyone next Friday (June 2) at the Frank Marocco concert. All pertinent information is on the calendar, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the potluck is canceled.
If you haven't yet paid your dues for 2006, please do so. Either bring a $15 check to the next meeting or email email@example.com for a mailing address.