Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Seven Nation Army by White Stripes
How to teach "Seven Nation Army" to your beginning band.
Step 1: Transpose the bass line to concert D minor. The baseline conveniently fits within the first 6 notes almost all band method books teach.
Step 2: Teach the base line to the band with some simply thumping percussion.
Step 3: Teach some countermelodies. Focus on using the notes in the bass-line. For example they can play off beats on concert F.
Step 4: Have the students try to figure out a rhythmic ostinato that works over the baseline.
Step 5: Go crazy have different students play the bass-line and then layering countermelodies and student composed ostinatos.