A beginner bassist's foray into the unknown

Coursera – DYM Lesson 6 videos (5)

The 5th video for the 6th, and final, lesson of Coursera’s online Developing Your Musicianship class is the last actual lesson video. The final one for the lesson is going to be the student ensemble performance, as usual.

5. Practicing What You Know and Moving Forward (4:00)

In his final video, Professor Russell opens by thanking us for joining him on this six-week journey and sends hope that all of the information that we learned will be applicable to our musical situations. One way to do this, he says, is by continuing to practice for 15 minutes every day. So, what should we practice? His suggestion is that we take everything that we did in the key of C and transpose it to another key. He reminds us that there are 12 keys, and they we started in the key of C because there are no sharps or flats. He then shows us the G major scale and tells us that there’s one sharp in the scale: F#.

Specific items he suggests practicing include:

  • The I, IV and V major & minor triads in the key of G (G, C, D)
  • 7th chords for the I and IV (G Maj7, C Maj7)
  • Dominant chords for the I, IV and V (G7, C7, D7)
  • The 735 voicing for the dominant chords
  • The minor pentatonic scale in G

After practicing in G, he suggests we take another key – maybe F, which has one flat in it. He also says that if we’d like to continue online studying, Berklee has a 12-week professor-led class we can consider. The difference between that class and this one is that it takes the information from this class to a much greater level of intensity, with more information and has access to the actual professor that’s teaching the class. I hope the person writing the subtitles is also more versed in English and music terms. He also says that if we’re interested in enrolling at Berklee, the coursework that we did here will help with that process. For those of us who are not going to enroll at Berklee, he recommends getting a private instructor who can keep us accountable to our musical studies and development.

F major scale

F major scale

Like before, some of the errors made by the person writing the subtitles are either worthy of a Darwin award, or were purposely included to confuse foreign students. Here are a few snippets which really should never have seen the light of day:

Provided  subtitle: What was actually said:
Minor pin and time scale Minor pentatonic scale
Why F because F has one flag in in it. Why F? Because, F has one flat in it.
The course work that we did here will definitely age you in that process The coursework that we did here will definitely aid you in that process
Now, go work on your riff loops Now, go work on your riff blues

That ends the class. As mentioned, we have one video left – the student performance. There’s also a quiz and the homework assignment, which was to compose a riff blues song – not a rift blues or riff loops, or anything else the last video misconveyed. Overall, the information was good as a starting point, but it definitely has to be coupled with further research on the student’s part. I’m absolutely certain that new students will get confused and lost. There was a lot of that happening on the message forums. There are a lot of free music theory websites and videos on Youtube though, which can probably close the gaps here. Ok. Onward and upward.

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  1. Pingback: Coursera – Developing Your Musicianship Lesson 6 | Ugly Bass Face

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