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Group Project: Raiders of the Lost Ark
A group project for all levels featuring the theme song from Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Here it is everyone.  Please, feel free to participate.  If you haven't participated in a group project, I assure you that you will enjoy it and learn from the experience.  I will post all the files immediately after this post, but wanted to try to put all the "info" up front.

 

1.  Submission deadline will be set for August 11th-ish.

2.  Video/record yourself playing any part(s) from the piece.

3. https://www.filestofriends.com/ or http://sprend.com/ can be used to send the files to jessemunderwood@gmail.com.  There are probably other sites that can be used as well.

4.  In your submission PLEASE include the following:  1) Your name as you would like it to be shown in the final production. 2) Which part(s) you are submitting

5.  Have fun learning a new piece.

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For Simplicity, I'm having trouble uploading the files without them wanting to be weird (best way I can describe it), I'm placing a link here to the files on SkyDrive.  You should be able to download the files from there. 

http://sdrv.ms/15bfpyt

 

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They won't open for me, I think they're missing the link.  dunno

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Fiddlestix said
They won't open for me, I think they're missing the link.  dunno

 

Working now?

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Also, I should have said, that the music is at 120 BPM.

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Just downloaded the music - can't wait to start!  Thanks for putting this project together.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Hey guys, I added a C Major scale to the link as well.

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ATTENTION!!!!!  I made an error!!!!  If you didn't notice, the sheet music is in the key of C, but the MP3 and MIDI files were NOT!!!  I've corrected the problem, and the corrected files are Uploading as we speak, if you have not already downloaded them, no issues, if you have, please trash those files and download the ones that are now at the link.  THANK YOU!!!  And VERY sorry for the error!

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Ginnyg said
Just downloaded the music - can't wait to start!  Thanks for putting this project together.

Please re download everything.  I made an error, described above.

 

Should now be correct however.

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Thanks for putting this together, Wookieman! The parts look doable to me...even part 1. So, I'm in!

A humorous side note: when I went in to download the files, I saw the one called "Raiders - Deutsch - 4part" and I thought to myself, "Why would he post a version of the sheet music in German?" and I skipped over it. Then it dawned on me when I opened one of the PDFs: that's the last name of the person who arranged it. Doh!

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KindaScratchy said

A humorous side note: when I went in to download the files, I saw the one called "Raiders - Deutsch - 4part" and I thought to myself, "Why would he post a version of the sheet music in German?" and I skipped over it. Then it dawned on me when I opened one of the PDFs: that's the last name of the person who arranged it. Doh!

lol I wondered the same thing!

 

I wouldn't mind trying this, but the whole process really has to be dumb'd down for me. I don't have a way to video record yet, but also, don't you have to play one of the tracks silently in your ear?  Alas, I may need some instruction on that too.....maybe my 3 year old granddaughter could help??!!!  Then too, my fiddle is 'kindawhiney & cheap"! Anyway, I may wait on this one, but after seeing some of the other projects, I thought it would be so neat to particpate!

Cindy (helvetika)

 

 

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KindaScratchy said
A humorous side note: when I went in to download the files, I saw the one called "Raiders - Deutsch - 4part" and I thought to myself, "Why would he post a version of the sheet music in German?" and I skipped over it. Then it dawned on me when I opened one of the PDFs: that's the last name of the person who arranged it. Doh!

lol I wondered the same thing!

 

I wouldn't mind trying this, but the whole process really has to be dumb'd down for me. I don't have a way to video record yet, but also, don't you have to play one of the tracks silently in your ear?  Alas, I may need some instruction on that too.....maybe my 3 year old granddaughter could help??!!!  Then too, my fiddle is 'kindawhiney & cheap"! Anyway, I may wait on this one, but after seeing some of the other projects, I thought it would be so neat to particpate!

Cindy (helvetika)

 

 

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KindaScratchy said
Thanks for putting this together, Wookieman! The parts look doable to me...even part 1. So, I'm in!

Diane, I'm glad that the music is doable.  Its good to hear that, because I was a little worried that it would discourage people from playing.  I forget that not everyone is as much of a NEWB as me.  I actually added part 4 just for me.  The other parts had me a little scared.  I'm glad to hear that its all doable though!

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Cindy, PLEASE participate, you can do it, and we can help.  Its MUCH easier than you may think.  You just have to decide if you're interested in the project, or commited to it.

To address your immediate concerns:

1.  You can use anything to record yourself.  If you have a smartphone, you can use that.  If you have a webcam and a YouTube account (free) you can record straight from your webcam through the website and presto you're done.  YouTube neccessitates that you also download the file after recording, but it also facilitates very simple sharing of your violin progression with friends and family (If you go with this option I can walk you through the process)

2.  Your "kindawhiney and scrathy" violin is NOT an issue!  Mine cost me $40 on amazon (I HAVE changed the bridge and strings, and am looking to upgrade soon, but hat to make sure I was going to be motivated about playing before spending more than that).  Your mistakes will be drowned out by the other participants, while your music will add to the robustness of the project.  Basically, by participating, you are an assett to the project, NOT a liability. 

3.  For playing the track in your ear, yes, this is prefered and very helpful.  Same deal though, easy.  Again, with the smart phone, email the mp3 to your self, download it on your phone, plug in your headphones, and bam, you're in the game.

So, participate, don't worry about anything, everyone here will be very helpful along the way.  I hope this helps ease your concerns. 

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Well, I've printed out the music for all four parts, and played both the midi and mp3 sound files while looking at the music for all four parts. I have to say this is a challenging project. The music is not a "song" in the usual sense with a nice melody, but a "theme" written to sound fancy when played. It has many changes of sharps and flats not in the original key and each one must be learned by itself--it's not like a "song" where you learn the tune and can go with it, or the hamonies that make sense.  Every part is like this, not just the main-theme Part 1.

Another problem is both the midi and mp3 files are played wrong--every time there's a slur, the silent following slurred note is played instead of being silent for the full value of the slur. So that adds a distraction to learning to play the part properly.

But ignoring the slur problem, playing the midi audio will sound the most like what your violin will sound like. Play the midi part over and over, following along with the music, to figure out how the part should sound when you play it. Practice the various sharps and flats separately with the notes just before the sharps and flats, to learn how they should be fingered, and how they should sound. Did I mention this is a challenging project? smile   (And if you don't read music, I'd say don't bother trying to memorize your part aurally--I'd think that would be too difficult for this particular music. But maybe someone will prove me wrong, I hope so!)

Good luck!

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I agree Steve!  It is a bit more challenging than a "normal" tune would be.  Hopefully that doesn't scare anyone away though.  And yes, the MIDI not properly playing the slurs was quite annoying when I was putting it together.  I'll need to invest in a real, "non-free" sheet music program I think to overcome that little issue.  I think the challenge is certainly manageable though (fingers crossed).  Good luck!

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Hey Wookieman, thanks for the encouragement!  That was very helpful the way you broke that down for me....

so today I managed to create a youtube account and uploaded my first video all by myself...didn't need my 3 yr old grandgirl after all....this time lol

As for some of the notes in 'Raiders', I am having some trouble with them, not quite knowing where this flat, is, or this sharp, as I am not accustomed to playing those particular ones.  That will definately take some practice!  If I had a piano that would help me get it, but I don't and its also been 40 years since I took a few theory lessons...

Cindy

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Cool project Jesse,

Thanks for starting it and all the work you put into it so far. :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I printed out the music, marked it up with fingerings for the "odd notes" and even added the names for some notes, then tried to practice all the parts----with dismal results.

But today is much better--I could get through all the parts with a couple playings of each part, and saw vast improvement in fingering and intonation. And the parts were even starting to make sense. laugh Hopefully each succeeding day will get even better. I think I can see some light at the end of the tunnel, already!

I don't think one part is particularly easier than another, except maybe for more long notes on Part 4. Part 3 has some tricky sections--especially the entire last three lines! So Part 3 may actually be the hardest part, at least at my two days of playing the parts now.

Good luck, give it a try!

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Helvetika said 

 
As for some of the notes in 'Raiders', I am having some trouble with them, not quite knowing where this flat, is, or this sharp, as I am not accustomed to playing those particular ones.  That will definately take some practice!  If I had a piano that would help me get it, but I don't and its also been 40 years since I took a few theory lessons...

Cindy

 

Cindy, if you're worried about the intonation, just make sure you're listening to the track of that particular part you're practicing, and you should be able to hear it and compare with what you're playing.  I don't know if that helps.

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