Articles by Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont
- Sight Singing: Dots to Do-Re-Mi!
A (very) brief history of musical notation, with emphasis on producing notes from blobs, followed by tips on how to get from one blob to the next.
- Sonnet More Like Shakespeare — Five Things He Does You’re Probably Not Doing
Shakespeare’s sonnets are normally taught as though they follow a strict set of rules. Shakespeare’s real genius was in knowing when to break those rules.
- So You Want to Write a Song?
How to turn an idea into a song, including tips for writing/finding lyrics and tips for writing/finding tunes.
- Best Foot Forward (Fixed Poetic Meters)
How to tell an iamb from a trochee, and why you should care.
- Documenting Original Bardic Pieces
Advanced class on writing documentation for kingdom and inter-kingdom A&S competitions.
- How to Bard
Introduction to the bardic world, including where to go for material and where to find an audience, plus performance tips.
- Notes on Vocal Projection
Tips on getting more volume from your instrument, plus care instructions, with a brief discussion on period singing style. (These notes are meant to accompany the hands-on class.)
- Period Filk
Yes, “filk” is period. How to construct a “new” song the way they did in the 16th century (and before), and why using modern tunes is such a bad idea.
- Traditional Ballads
A survey of English and Scottish “popular” ballads, and how to create new ballads in the same style.
- What is a Mode?
Advanced class on musical modes, and how to use modes to develop medieval-style melodies.
- Interlacing without Erasing
A step-by-step instruction on producing “Celtic” interlace, plus a survey of examples of the motif found far from the Emerald Isle.
- The ABCs of English Country Dancing
Introduction to the terminology of English Country Dance.
- A Primer on Field and Court Heraldry
How to quickly come up to speed if you’ve found yourself your group’s herald and an event is coming up.
- A Rose by Any Other Name
An explanation of the rules for registration of a name in the SCA, plus where to look for name ideas.
- The Irish Can’t Spell (and the English Can’t Read)
Why you’re pronouncing Irish names incorrectly and how to fix it.
- Sententia Bona, or What Makes a Good Motto?
A discussion of mottos in period and ideas for constructing one for yourself.
- Save the Trees! – Running an SCA Lists on One Sheet of Paper
An easy method for keeping track of bouts for both double-elimination and round robin tournaments, without those cumbersome trees.