The activity can be seen below:
- Using GarageBand, compose at least 8 chords with a limit of 5 voices that sustain into each other in a similar fashion to A Single Match.
- Using the chord progression as a soundscape, each improvise a lyrical passage over the top to replicate what happens in A Single Match.
- Transfer the chord progression notation into traditional notation, If using software instruments, you can easily see the notes, however, you can dictate what you played on your real instrument as a challenge if you wish.
To realise this activity, a video tutorial was required and I used Screenflow to record it again. I walked through the steps and explained how to build chords based on 2nds (which also means 4ths) before providing an example of my improvising over my chord progression. Students may ask, “What scale do I use?” but I uncovered that in the tutorial. Students could work chromatically but they could also work with a whole tone scale.
Much like in the other tutorial video, it was riddled with mistakes that I could cut out in the editing stage. I made sure to smooth the volume levels of my microphone (Zoom H5) to create a high quality audio channel.
For students without access to the iBook, it can be watched on YouTube.
The GarageBand example document is bundled with the resources so students can take a look at what I did in the video with a hands on approach.