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Spotlight on: Karma Emchi “Shapaley”

Do you have a few minutes free? Take a moment to learn about this Tibetan artist. 

October 2011: Karma Emchi, a Swiss-based Tibetan vocalist released a new song on YouTube called “Made in Tibet.” The track has received over 30,000 hits since its release. It’s clear in this song that he is trying to send a message to Tibetans living within the borders of Tibet.  If you’ve been watching the news in the past few months, you’ve heard about several monks self-immolating themselves for the cause. Although it’s unrelated and there are several Tibetan social commentaries on those events, these videos could not have been released at a better [and more controversial] time.  Far from the precarious border himself, Karma Emchi is able to voice his opinion and send a message without fear of direct government retribution – though some of his work is banned in China according to other posts.  Listen to this October release, then continue reading:

I’ve already sent an email to him asking about getting a “Made in Tibet” shirt for myself. In addition to disseminating his message via music, Karma is taking a filmic stand. Concerned about identity loss, he directed this 3-minute short:

What else has this guy done? On March 24, 2011, Karma released a comedic song about Tibetan meat pastry. I posted the original video to my Twitter feed when it was first released. It was intended to be funny – listen to the story of what happened here as investigated by Rebecca Novick at The Tibet Connection. It may surprise you!

Finally, are you thirsty? Karma Emchi has more than a spark of humor in his work. Check out his parody on the Red Bull energy drink…. get ready to sip some Red Yak! See the awesome video below:

He’s obviously someone to keep an eye on… if you see/hear of anything new in relation to Emchi, let me know!

Music Student Resources

Today I decided I wanted to be useful. I know – doesn’t happen very often. Freshmen music majors always have that ‘deer-caught-in-headlights’ look for a while. I decided to make a list of REALLY useful websites for folks who study music at the undergrad level. Feel free to let me know if there’s any good ones I’ve missed.

Finding Musical Scores & Parts… for FREE

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Petrucci Music Library – free public domain sheet music & scores. Printable.

www.FreeScores.com – This is a good resource, but not nearly as comprehensive as the Petrucci Library (above). If you just type in the address, it will come up in French. Click on the British/American flag in the top right corner of  page to change it to English.

Watching & Listening… for FREE

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YouTube.com – self-explanatory. You can find a lot of things from your drop-the-needle exams here, among other things.  One other great thing you can do with it is sign up for an account and upload short videos of yourself practicing. Keep them private if you want, but it’s a great way to self-reflect or let your teacher critique your practice.

www.grooveshark.com – Find thousands of songs, stream them as often as you want, make your own playlists, and SHARE THEM. Also great for listening exams. It’s completely legal (because there are ads). Make one playlist and share it with the whole class. Or share a “mixed playlist” with your crush (new version of a mixed tape?).  ** Grooveshark also has a mobile app!

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www.pandora.com – Create your own radio stations. Downside: Can’t repeat specific songs. However, you can do some genre searching and find some great new music here.

www.bandcamp.com – put your OWN music on the web with this awesome site.

Online Metronomes & Tuners…for FREE

http://www.metronomeonline.com/– for quick & easy access while practicing. They also have some great articles.

http://webmetronome.com – another great free online metronome tool

http://www.seventhstring.com/tuner/tuner.html – online tuning for electronic instruments

http://www.danmansmusic.com/tuner.htm – simple note-based tuner. Gets the job done!

Music History Timelines and Lists… for FREE

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www.essentialsofmusic.com (by Sony) – an excellent but super-basic chronology of music history

www.classicalscore.com – an online timeline of music history and hymnology

Music Theory Lessons, Trainers… for FREE

www.MusicTheory.net by Ricci Adams – this is interactive and VERY useful. It’s definitely my favorite in this section. Great for training keyboard skills as well as theory.

www.musictheoryexamples.com – AWESOME for learning how to analyze music once you know the basics.

http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/ – Music Notes,  an interactive online experience. You can practice theory, music history,  and musical styles here.

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/noteNames.html – EMusicTheory – interactive note names

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/pianoKeys.html – EMusicTheory – interactive piano/keyboard skill builder

http://www.emusictheory.com/explore/scales.html – EMusicTheory – interactive scale builder.

Ear Training &  Resources… for FREE

http://www.good-ear.com/ – a great interactive online  ear training site.

http://www.ossmann.com/bigears/ – Big Ears – the original online ear trainer.

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ie.htm Teoria – another interactive ear training site.

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/ritmo-ear.htm – Great for rhythmic dictation.

Other Great Resources

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a neat online tool to organize it all? What if it were something that held bookmarks that you could access on any computer? Check out Symbaloo.

Do you like to stay SUPER organized? Check out www.teuxdeux.com

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I hope someone finds these a little bit useful.