Welcome to another upbeat session of BUZZ21! where we blend the old with the new, creating a pBuzz symphony that resonates with every generation.
In episode seven of the eight-part series aimed at educators, Grant Golding takes us through a musical time machine, featuring tunes that have left their mark on the charts and our hearts. He demonstrates that with a twist in perspective, and a bit of technical know-how, classic hits can find a new life on the pBuzz.
Havana by Camila Cabello
First up, we venture to the vibrant streets of "Havana" with Camila Cabello's hit. Grant shows us how to bring the sultry rhythms to the pBuzz, transposing the track down by two semitones and introducing the A flat. It's about capturing the essence of the song, note by note, in a way that's accessible for our pBuzz players. Grant's method of rote teaching ensures the tune is absorbed naturally, fostering an organic connection between the musician and the music.
Heaven: turning your classroom into clubland Next, we're transported to the dance floor with DJ Sammy's electric version of Bryan Adams' Heaven. With the track bumped up by two semitones, the pBuzz turns into an instrument fit for a rave. Remember, you can use AudioStretch software to easily adjust the pitch of your tunes. This track is all about transforming perceptions, showing that the pBuzz isn't just for young learners but can be the soul of any party, at any age. It's a reminder that music is about joy and connection, breaking down barriers one note at a time...and having a good old-fashioned rave while you're at it!
We Speak No Americano
To wrap up this instalment of BUZZ21!, We Speak No Americano brings a dash of cheeky fun to the mix. This tune is as straightforward as it gets, but don't let its simplicity fool you. It's packed with lessons in articulation and dynamic control. Plus, Grant encourages learners to choreograph a dance, proving music lessons can bring some movement into the mix.
The pBuzz philosophy
Throughout this series, Grant has equipped us with a toolkit for musical creativity, from using AudioStretch to tweaking tracks for the perfect pitch to crafting our own mini-remixes. He shows that being a pBuzz teacher (or "practitioner," if we're feeling fancy) is about experimentation and adventure.
As we near the end of this series, Grant reflects on the diversity of music that can be explored with the pBuzz. It's not about repeating the same notes; it's about the excitement of discovering how each tune can be adapted and brought to life in a new way. The possibilities are endless, and now it's over to you to see what musical marvels you can conjure up with your pBuzz.
Check out the full video for episode seven here:
Until next time, keep buzzing, keep experimenting, and remember – in the world of pBuzz, every tune is an invitation to innovate.
Adam is the Content Manager at pBone Music. This should mean that he’s the ideal person to write about himself, but he finds boasting in the third person a little awkward. He honed his word wizardry with a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has since written copy for clients and businesses across the land, from awards to something beginning with “z”. He also spent a number of years as a musician. He has written pop songs and even jingles for kids, performed more first dances at weddings than you could shake a pBuzz at, and once played a gig for a pie company at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. When he’s not reminiscing about those good old days, you might find Adam enjoying the football (although as an Everton fan, that can be difficult). He also loves spending time with his partner, Jen, and his family and friends, and sincerely hopes they feel the same way.