Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lesson 21
Essentials: The Theremin Vocabulary -
Part 1, The Attack

This is the first in a series that asks “What Does a Theremin Sound Like?” We’ll study techniques for the volume hand that lend character to every pitch you play.

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Lesson 12
Fundamentals: The Volume Hand -
3rd Basic Movement

Here is an unusual addition to the techniques of using a flat hand or the snap of a hinged wrist over the volume loop: the downstroke. It’s very effective for repeating notes. So, instead of a downward movement being used solely to lower or silence the volume, the same move when executed at the “threshold,” [...]

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Lesson 30
Essentials: Mechanics of Vibrato, Part 5

The conclusion of the first vibrato series; you can begin to bridge the gap between vibrato as a purely mechanical technique and its more intimate role as one of your own unique means of self expression.

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Lesson 11
Fundamentals: The Volume Hand-
2 Basic Movements

If you’re just starting out on the theremin; here’s a look at the two most common and effective techniques for working over the volume loop.

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Lesson 8
Fundamentals: Basic Pitch Matching, Part 2

Using a random sequence of notes, you’ll face more challenges on the way to refining both sense of pitch and pitch locations in the theremin’s control space.

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Tips: The Quick Release Mic Adaptor

One more way to preserve the threads on the theremin flange and the mic stand.

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Diggin’ on Disney, Part 2

Fun to send a song flowing from the grownup back through time into little kid ears.

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Lesson 6
Fundamentals: Finding the Center of a Pitch

For the thereminist’s purposes, being in the center of a pitch means being at the correct frequency, neither sharp nor flat. It means matching the desired pitch, particularly in the context of a melody. To train the ear, it’s good to play “around” the frequency, allowing yourself to experience and process all of the tonal [...]

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Lesson 29
Essentials: Mechanics of Vibrato, Part 4

As you get more comfortable with producing vibrato, use this short tutorial as a guideline to help you to actively choose different rates from very wide to very narrow. This is the last step before our first experiments with using vibrato as a true means of expression.

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