Advanced Rudiments

Welcome to the advanced rudiments portal! All your homework is listed here.

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  • Week 8

    1. Terms: fill in the 6th page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lessons 7, 8, and 9 practise and review tests
      • Complete 2 of the unfinished review tests in lessons 7 to 9
      • Send me the latest review test (lesson 8 or 9) to mark
    3. Cadences: recreate the chord tone chart for I, IV, and V chords.
      • start by writing down all scale degrees (^1, ^2, etc.)
      • starting with the I chord, write down the locations of the root, 3rd, and 5th, under the relevant scale degrees
      • repeat for IV and V
      • circle notes that are shared between I, IV, and V (there should only be two)
    4. Transposition: transpose the following parts into concert pitch:Nutcracker excerpts
      • Both parts should transpose to the same key in concert pitch.
      • The horn (corno) part has no key signature. What should its key signature be?
      • The bracketed notes form cadences. Identify the 3 cadences.
      • play through the parts on your concert pitch instrument – it should be a familiar melody
    5. Week 8 online exercises: review previous exercises. Do more rhythmic dictation at https://www.teoria.com/en/exercises/rd.php.
  • Week 7

    1. Terms: fill in the 5th page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lesson 7 practise, lessons 1-6 review tests
      • Practise rhythms in lesson 7
      • Complete 2 of the unfinished review tests in lessons 1-6
      • Send me your 2 review tests to check over
    3. Triplets: for each triplet, quadruplet, etc. below, write one note value that has the same duration
      • Example: triplet (3) 8ths = 2 8ths = 1 quarter
      • Simple time: quintuplet (5) 16ths = ?
      • Simple time: septuplet (7) 8ths = ?
      • Compound time: duplet (2) 16ths = ?
      • Compound time: quadruplet (4) quarters = ?
    4. Irregular Rhythms: in each time signature, write out a measure of 8th notes using every possible way of grouping the beats irregularly.
      • 5/8 (2 possible groupings). Example: two 8ths plus three 8ths.
      • 7/8 (3 possible groupings)
      • 8/8 (3 possible groupings)
      • 9/8 (4 possible groupings)
      • 11/8 (5 possible groupings)
    5. Week 7 online exercises: review previous exercises. Do some rhythmic dictation at https://www.teoria.com/en/exercises/rd.php.
  • Week 6

    1. Terms: fill in the 4th page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lesson 3 practise, lesson 4, 5, or 6 review tests.
      • Complete the remaining scales writing and identification in lesson 3
      • Do 2 out of 3 review tests in lessons 4-6
      • Send me your 2 review tests to check over
    3. Chromatic, whole tone, octatonic, major/minor pentatonic, and blues scales
      • Find the pattern of intervals between the notes of each scale
      • For example: the intervals between neighbouring notes of the major pentatonic scale are M2, M2, m3, M2, m3
    4. Polychords, quartal chords, and clusters: write out an example of each, using 3-6 notes.
      • the cluster uses notes that are 2nds apart
      • the quartal chord uses notes that are 4ths apart
      • the polychord is composed of two or more different chords
    5. Week 6 online exercises: review previous exercises.
  • Week 5

    1. Terms: fill in the third page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lesson 2 (scales) and lesson 3 (more scales).
      • Do all of lesson 2 including the review test
      • Do lesson 3 up to what we covered in class
    3. Scale modes
      • Find the pattern of tones and semitones between each note of each scale mode. E.g. Ionian (major): T for tone, S for semitone: T T S T T T S.
      • Write down or play every mode starting on the following notes: C#, Bb, E. Identify the major key which has the same key signature/accidentals as each mode. E.g. E Ionian: E F# G# A B C# D# E, same key as E major (4 sharps), E Dorian: E F# G A B C# D E, same key as D major (2 sharps)
    4. Week 5 online exercises: click here. This week’s exercise is ear training and won’t be on the RCM exam. In each mode, listen for the note where it differs from the major or minor scale.
  • Week 4

    1. Terms: fill in the second page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lesson 4 (intervals), lesson 5 (triads) and lesson 6 (7th chords).
      • If they are incomplete, practise on each page up to the review test (we will do the review test after discussing scales)
    3. Identify all the intervals within the major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales.
      • Build a second above every scale degree of the major scale. Find its quality (e.g. ^1 to ^2 is a M2, ^2 to ^3 is a M2, ^3 to ^4 is a m2)
      • Repeat this process for 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths.
      • Repeat this process for the 3 types of minor scales.
    4. Dominant and diminished 7ths – print and complete this worksheet: Dominant and Diminished 7ths.
    5. Week 4 online exercises: click here. Go back and do the week 1 intervals exercises for additional practise.
  • Week 3

    1. Terms: fill in the first page of your worksheet
    2. Workbook: lesson 5 (triads) and lesson 6 (7th chords).
      • Practise on each page up to the review test (we will do the review test after discussing scales)
      • Finish the first 2 pages of lesson 6 if they are incomplete
    3. Dissect the Augmented and Diminished triads.
      • Write down the intervals between all the notes of these 2 chords
      • Repeat this process for every inversion of these 2 chords
      • You should have a total of 6 inversions
    4. Build triads on all scale degrees of the major scale, natural minor, harmonic minor, and ascending melodic minor.
      • For each scale, write down the type of triad found on each scale degree in a chart
      • In each scale, identify where the dominant 7th chord can be found (it can only be built on one of the scale degrees)
    5. Week 3 online exercises: click here. Do each exercise until you are confident with the process. Don’t forget to submit your time to the leaderboard.
  • Week 2

    1. Terms: print this worksheet: Terms – RCM advanced rudiments
      • the sheet contains all the terms you need to know
      • terms are grouped by how similar they are in language and meaning
      • fill in definitions as you come across them
    2. Workbook: lesson 4 (compound intervals) and lesson 6 (7th chords).
      • Continue practising regular and compound intervals from lesson 4.
      • Practise the first 2 pages of lesson 6 (dominant 7th chords only
    3. Dissect the Major and Minor triad and Dominant 7th.
      • On a sheet of paper, identify the intervals between all the notes of these 3 chords (E.g. minor triad: root to 3rd = m3, root to 5th = P5, 3rd to 5th = M3)
      • Repeat this process for every inversion of these 3 chords (E.g. dominant 7th, 1st inversion: 3rd to 5th = m3, 3rd to 7th = o5, 3rd to root = m6, 5th to 7th = m3, 5th to root = P4, 7th to root = M2)
      • You should have a total of 10 inversions: 3 for the Major triad, 3 for the Minor triad, and 4 for the Dominant 7th.
      • To prepare for next week… play a triad starting on every note of the major scale (E.g. in C major, CEG, DFA, EGB…). Which scale degrees have major triads? Which have minor triads? Repeat this process in the minor scale. Finally, play 4 note chords in both the major and minor scale (E.g. CEGB, DFAC, EGBD) and find the scale degree that has the dominant 7th (the name of the chord is a big hint).
    4. Week 2 online exercises: click here. Do each exercise until you are confident with the process. Don’t forget to submit your time to the leaderboard.
  • Week 1

    1. Terms: I’ll be reviewing what these mean next week. If you forget, try to find a definition online.
      • simple and compound intervals
      • enharmonic equivalent
      • C clefs: alto and tenor clefs
    2. Workbook: lesson 1 (C clefs) and lesson 4 (compound intervals).
      • Complete the lesson 1 practise exam and send it to me to review. Photograph or scan your work and email to me at least a day before the next lesson.
      • In lesson 4, do enough practise problems to feel comfortable with the process. At a minimum, I suggest finishing the first problem under each numbered question.
    3. Week 1 online exercises: click here. Do each exercise until you are confident with the process. Don’t forget to submit your time to the leaderboard.

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