April 7th, 2019 – 2 months left until In-Depth night
Here is what I have discussed with my mentor during our meeting:
What I have done – We talked about the stuff I have already learned and made, what I did well, and what I need to work on.
What I tried to do – I talked about what I have been trying to do since the last meeting, what I struggled with.
What I’ll do next – We discussed what I should work on next, how I can improve, and my goals.
The biggest challenge I have faced during my learning has been making a complete song that doesn’t feel like a loop. Recently, all my focus has been on learning how to create b-sections and continuing my songs without being repetitive. I have consulted my mentor and he sent me this to help me. Friends who have heard my music have recommended that I listen to other songs to learn and get inspired. Although I have tried many things, I still can’t seem to get the b-section right. To overcome this hurdle, my mentor has given me a task: create 5 songs with just piano and drums. This assignment is what I have been working on since my meeting, and I hope to learn something from this process.
I hope to understand the art of making complete songs by mid-April so that I may begin working on my final product: two complete songs. I really hope that I can accomplish this, and I look forward to the rest of April and towards May.
How to have a Beautiful Mind:
I will go over conversations I had with my mentor and identify the corresponding hats:
Mentor: So, what have you done since our last meeting?
Me: I’ve tried to continue my songs, with a b-section, but I feel like something is missing. I can’t seem to make a second part without it sounding bad.
My mentor directs the focus of the conversation with the blue hat and asks me what I have been doing since the last meeting. I use my red hat to express that, despite my efforts, I have not been able to figure out what I have been doing wrong. I also use my black hat to share that my work has been sounding poor due to not understanding how to effectively make a b-section.
Me: I don’t understand how to make a b-section.
Mentor: A b-section is like the first part of the song, but slightly different. For example, removing the drums and changing a few notes. Try putting a twist on the first section.
The white hat is being used to share that I don’t know how to make a b-section. My mentor also uses the white hat to explain what a b-section is, and then a green hat to explain how to develop a b-section that sounds good.
(after listening to a song that I made)
Mentor: I think it’s pretty cool, I think you should try following some more song structure.
My mentor uses the yellow hat to point out the value he sees in what I have already done, motivating me to work harder. He also uses the green hat again to suggest an alternative idea to what I had done in my song (I just added more layers rather than follow structure).
This mentoring session was quite short due to my mentor and me not being able to interact with the project as we were having the conversation. This is because my laptop can’t run the program and it must be done on my desktop PC at home. So, in addition to the normal mentoring sessions, I think it will be beneficial to have ‘meetings’ from my house through skype.