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Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:35:38 AM »
Prof Belkin's course on counterpoint has begin. Introductory lesson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWjyds4yRAA&feature=youtu.be


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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »
Thanks for the alert - Alan Belkin's counterpoint course should be interesting!

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 11:02:22 AM »
The first lesson of the course is online on Youtube - it's a short and basic presentation on how to write melodies for singers.

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 12:13:15 PM »
The next lesson is out on Youtube. Alan is really starting with the basics - this lesson is about first species counterpoint. Most of us have seen this before, but it's always good to review the basics.

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Re: Alan Belkin: Course on Counterpoint
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2018, 07:48:55 PM »
Lessons 4 and 5 are now available.  Lesson 4 covers second species counterpoint and Lesson 5 covers third species.  Beyond covering the usual rules for this type of species counterpoint, Alan discusses the importance of creating a good melodic line in the counterpoint, and how one can accomplish that. His video lessons are short and to the point, although he (or his video producer) indulges in some fancy graphic trickery that seems a bit distracting. Interesting that he stresses the importance of singing your counterpoints and not just listening to it...I recall reading in Phillip Glass's autobiography about Nadia Boulanger's training methods, which also involved intensive singing exercises in the counterpoint lessons.

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