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by gizzy
11 Feb 2014, 00:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelled
Replies: 37
Views: 6635

Re: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelle

Are you underwater, Gill? I saw aerial footage that said Marlow and it looked like an ark full of animals was going to float into view any minute. Hope you're OK!
by gizzy
11 Feb 2014, 00:15
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 17586

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

But i was under the impression that 'practice makes perfect', especially scales/arpeggios as they are the building blocks of music. And that repeated practice would help to iron out bad habits It's more a question of Practice Makes Permanent. And I know you're not exactly doing this, but when I ask...
by gizzy
03 Jan 2014, 20:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 458256

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

dave brum wrote:So many minuets for so little spondulicks:

http://www.gumtree.com/p/business-servi ... 1043616470
:D Really made my day!
by gizzy
02 Jan 2014, 10:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 458256

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

dave brum wrote:No trip to Cardiff as originally planned
Oh no! What happened?
by gizzy
01 Jan 2014, 00:56
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 17586

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

If only I knew of the existence of this video BEFORE I did my ABRSM exams. It puts a whole new angle on the whole concept of sight reading and it would have cleared all of my anxieties on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrRtFxbhTtQ Carrying on and good rhythm, even when you're playing a...
by gizzy
23 Dec 2013, 12:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 458256

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Just brought a brew into the lounge and caught my wife watching 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool' which was No1 in England 41 years ago. I wish that bloody executioner would hurry up and pull that lever....... That's a bit harsh, couldn't you try marriage guidance first? :twisted: Oh, sorry, I pre...
by gizzy
19 Dec 2013, 00:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 458256

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

She's gotten back to me. It seems her 'diagnosis' is that again I'm expecting too much of myself too soon. Again, deja-vu. Bur ironically enough, that is NOT in any way shape or form what I was anticipating when I started out again with Amanda. So I shall be arranging another lesson in Cardiff with...
by gizzy
19 Dec 2013, 00:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 166577

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

apparently Christmas is early this year and has caught everyone unawares. And although they haven't had the piano tuned for ten years, it is IMPERATIVE that it's done before Christmas. And they are AMAZED to find that I'm booked up solid...after all, I should have kept my diary clear for the last t...
by gizzy
12 Dec 2013, 23:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 458256

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

From the online news feed of my Local Authority:- Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This time last year I talked to you about ‘the end of local government as I’ve known it’; and this year I am still talking about ‘the end of local government as I’ve known it’, but just to b...
by gizzy
12 Dec 2013, 23:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelled
Replies: 37
Views: 6635

Re: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelle

Wymondham in Norfolk on the A11, pronounced Wyndham. Not that I've ever been there, as far as I'm concerned the land east of the M1 is uncharted territory, a kingdom one only hears about in the mass media and reads about in books. Arr we do be all savages 'ere. We 'as customs of our own, and we don...
by gizzy
11 Dec 2013, 21:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelled
Replies: 37
Views: 6635

Re: Place names pronounced differently to how they're spelle

dave brum wrote: and is pronounced 'treezle'!
That's how they'd pronounce your wife's name in Brissle!

We stayed in Stiffkey in Norfolk, pronounced Stewkey.
by gizzy
11 Dec 2013, 21:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What was #1 on the day you were born
Replies: 10
Views: 3373

Re: What was #1 on the day you were born

dave brum wrote: No I don't like Elvis either. I think he's saft.
Probably is by now. A bit like Beethoven: de-composing
by gizzy
02 Dec 2013, 00:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Get Sterndale Bennett on Radio 3 for Christmas!
Replies: 18
Views: 3772

Re: Get Sterndale Bennett on Radio 3 for Christmas!

Would you like back-up requests for the same thing? There was a recording of it by Ben Luxon and Robert Tear, I don't know if it's still available.

Meanwhile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv3LcXb6hns
by gizzy
22 Oct 2013, 15:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Misheard lyrics from songs.
Replies: 161
Views: 32624

Re: Misheard lyrics from songs.

Talking on here recently about god 'walking his porpoise out' got me thinking about misheard lyrics. Heard loads of them, lots of them have became famous in advertisements (e.g. TDK tapes: 'Me Ears Are Alight' by Desmond Dekker). My two favourites are A-Ha 'The Living Daylights' Bond theme: Comes t...
by gizzy
22 Oct 2013, 13:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Late beginner...
Replies: 31
Views: 7531

Re: Late beginner...

Oh, most people who do grade 1 don't know diddly squat about theory. But one really useful thing to latch on to is inversion of intervals - I don't mean that a third below G (E) becomes a third above (B), I mean that if you take a third, G over E, and stick the lower note up an octave, or alternativ...
by gizzy
21 Oct 2013, 10:00
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How DOES one learn the piano?
Replies: 34
Views: 4910

Re: How DOES one learn the piano?

Now, I'd call that a failure..... On the contrary - you did read your mark sheet, yes? That tells you a bit more than just "merit", it tells you "stuffed up your scales - OK, only passed them by two marks - apart from which this would be saying Distinction Dave" What would you think of a musician w...
by gizzy
21 Oct 2013, 00:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How DOES one learn the piano?
Replies: 34
Views: 4910

Re: How DOES one learn the piano?

Dave, why are you still telling people you failed grade 3? You were two marks shy of a distinction
by gizzy
31 May 2013, 21:21
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere
Replies: 106
Views: 27017

Re: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere

God, improvisation - now that would terrify me! You can only avoid sight-reading until grade 5 and after that - wallop! I have one working slowly towards grade 6 TG and I wonder if she'll ever take it. She can sight-read after a fashion, as I didn't let her get away with not reading while she was n...
by gizzy
21 May 2013, 21:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: My project which I am excited about
Replies: 9
Views: 4054

Re: My project which I am excited about

Sorry I've had my head in the sand for the past few months - particularly to Gill who must thnk I've died - been thinking of you, honest, will get back soon - but the Community Opera did a performance last week. I know Gill's not going to like this. It was Gilbert & Sullivan. The thing is, I have to...
by gizzy
06 Feb 2013, 11:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Understanding sheet music
Replies: 6
Views: 2534

Re: Understanding sheet music

lol worth a try! So just to confirm although the flat symbols at the start are not on the same "A" note line, every "A" whichever key "A" is in, has to be a flat? That's right - there are eight As on my piano, imagine having to do a key-signature with four flats and having to put one on every line ...
by gizzy
21 Jan 2013, 10:25
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Tempo question
Replies: 4
Views: 1746

Re: Tempo question

Often, though, a slow beat is harder to keep steady than a fast one.
by gizzy
22 Dec 2012, 11:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Birthday Dave Brum...
Replies: 1
Views: 1504

Happy Birthday Dave Brum...

...just in case you're lurking :piano;
by gizzy
21 Dec 2012, 22:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

21st December: Winter Solstice http://youtu.be/DL14q_QQQDM This is a song written by two friends of mine, and entered for a carol competition last year (didn'y win unfortunately). I was partocularly proud of this slideshow. I know the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance isns't actually associated with the Sol...
by gizzy
21 Dec 2012, 01:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

http://youtu.be/_5xiMgk-ydw
20 December Angels are Everywhere

This was something I composed in 2002, but there's never been a recording with voices. I'm quite pleased with it, though not with the recoirding

Gizzy, confidently expecting the world will still be here by the end of the 21st
by gizzy
19 Dec 2012, 22:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Oy vay, messed up on this one! http://youtu.be/SkehnNhy5rk Last year I put this one out on December 20 as it was the start of Hanukkah. I looked at the calendar and found that this year's Hanukkah FINISHED three days ago. However, it's quite a nice one - took me ages to make, you'll see why when you...
by gizzy
19 Dec 2012, 00:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 18th - got it in just in time! The Monkey's Carol by Charles Villiers Stanford http://youtu.be/PENQzlJAxAg I loved making this one. I found loads of photos and pictures from Victorian and Edwardian times on the internet and "tinted" them, and I found out more than I ever dreamed on the subj...
by gizzy
17 Dec 2012, 11:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 17th: Hallelujah, we are the choir!
http://youtu.be/DHmM33lfD-8
I had quite a lot of fun with this - breathing-in-and-out effect in Silent Night, and gradual splitting up in This Little Babe. Not to mention several (increasingly blurred) pictures of my ex in a long white surplice
by gizzy
16 Dec 2012, 17:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Quite a simple pretty one this time
http://youtu.be/Ty8lMECfH9o

Gizzy in Cambridge
by gizzy
15 Dec 2012, 17:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

This one was originally one of Joyce Grenfell's Nursery School monologues, but I couldn't get her recording for love nor money, so I did this one myself. I wonder, do I really talk like this?
http://youtu.be/XmmkFPBdx-8

Gizzy, quite relieved only to get them one at a time these days
by gizzy
14 Dec 2012, 10:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Okay, here's today's, it's another set of anagram Christmas song names, with a bit of help from Mr P'doo (see my previous post)
I really enjoyed making this one, especially the one featuring messrs Cameron and Osborne (you'll have to watch it to see what I mean)
http://youtu.be/KT4i39NlE-M
by gizzy
13 Dec 2012, 22:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Where can I find piano sheet music for "A Boy Like That
Replies: 2
Views: 2343

Re: Where can I find piano sheet music for "A Boy Like That

Sadly I think Gill's right, I just had a quick look, and while one or two of the songs from WSS may be available separately, I think that one only comes in the score. Ah, just looked on ebay. Some sheet music there, but for that song I think you'd have to contact the seller to ask if it was included...
by gizzy
13 Dec 2012, 22:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Posting a letter for 3p....those were the days! This calendar is brilliant Gizzy; however long did it take you to do???????? Once I got going with it, most of my waking hours when I wasn't actually teaching. I didn't even write up lesson notes or anything. I hardly did any cooking. Each one took be...
by gizzy
13 Dec 2012, 10:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

http://youtu.be/Uv1f1_cRAlc

This is a very special voice for me - one of my favourite tenors.
And an important carol, since I see Christmas above all as a time for giving

Gizzy in a very cold Cambridge
by gizzy
12 Dec 2012, 11:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

http://youtu.be/aQtJOzb1hxY December 12th Carols from the New World I love both these recordings. I've done the Huron Carol with kids in school many times, but never sounded like this. ("Ostinato" is the answer they give to every question you ask, once you've taught them the word). My kids also sang...
by gizzy
11 Dec 2012, 12:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 11th Winter Sports
http://youtu.be/aytMbVu4HuU

I'm staying indoors!

Gizzy in a frosty Cambridge
by gizzy
10 Dec 2012, 20:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 10th The Twelve days of Christmas.
Keep an eye on the size of the gift
http://youtu.be/DZ7TmVe5upg
by gizzy
09 Dec 2012, 17:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

The Rector where I was playing the organ one Christmas asked if I had the music to We Will Rock You. I was rummaging under Q for Queen before I twigged what he meant... LOL :lol: Sorry this one's late; there'll be two in one go. December 8th Jumbled Songs, the solutions (haven't you solved them yet...
by gizzy
07 Dec 2012, 20:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 7th. A Christmas Lullaby, We Will Rock You Looks awful (transitions are all black, and I've lost the original so I can't edit it - this is last year's copy) Sounds awful - I just played it on a keyboard, and although I am sure there was no phantom typist in the room when I recorded it, I se...
by gizzy
06 Dec 2012, 09:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

OK, today's is one of the funniest songs I know. Unfortunately there aren't too many good recordings of it, and the best by a long way, Robert Tear and Benjamin Luxon, isn't available for love or money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv3LcXb6hns btw the answers to last week's Jumbled Songs come up in...
by gizzy
05 Dec 2012, 15:22
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Gill might want to sit this one out from 2'10" to about 4'40" :roll:

Advent Calendar December 5th (Saint Nicholas' Eve) http://youtu.be/PZMAIwSZsac
by gizzy
04 Dec 2012, 14:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Beautiful :) Now I can't get the Carol of the Birds out of my head! I got completely obsessed with Casals' playing of it when I had finished making that one. I found a (rather bad) you-tube video of him playing it on United Nations day after something like 14 years' silence, at the age of 90-someth...
by gizzy
04 Dec 2012, 00:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 4th. Creatures of the Nativity. Two bits of sugar and a stunning performance of one of the most moving pieces of music I know, from an unlikely source
http://youtu.be/LYnXcblVxYk
by gizzy
03 Dec 2012, 10:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 3rd. This one's particularly jolly. See if you can spot my little bit of silliness a short way through!
http://youtu.be/pHL1BKh_lKU
by gizzy
03 Dec 2012, 10:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

December 2nd, it's one for word-game addicts. Jumbled songs, five Christmas or winter titles in anagram form. You get the tunes as a strong hint, but they're all played over the wrong song title.
Answers come out in a few days' time
http://youtu.be/SvCZmAd-gbY
by gizzy
02 Dec 2012, 00:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Some advent greetings for you all

(Actually I'm beginning to wonder whether that should read "you both" as there seem to be so few of us here now) I made this advent calendar last year for my pupils. They're all slideshows made using software called Aquasoft, and it started out simply and innocently enough, until they started to get...
by gizzy
27 Nov 2012, 01:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Classically Trained Oboist needs advice about learning piano
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Classically Trained Oboist needs advice about learning p

Colin - Ah, yes, that clarifies it. I taught a child on Alone at Sunset, and I was puzzled by that pedalling. I assumed that although it was counter to what I did when I first played through it, that it was INTENDED to break at the barline - otherwise surely they ought to have just printed what you ...
by gizzy
26 Nov 2012, 12:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Classically Trained Oboist needs advice about learning piano
Replies: 6
Views: 2375

Re: Classically Trained Oboist needs advice about learning p

I would go along with much of what Colin says, though I'm slightly surprised to read: Hi Jake, For example, around Grade 1-2 standard, the sustain pedal is introduced - BK 2 First Year Piano lessons has some exercises, and good study pieces. (Bk1 is for a beginner). However, the actual application o...
by gizzy
23 Nov 2012, 11:38
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Style of Pieces
Replies: 4
Views: 2004

Re: Style of Pieces

I don't recognise the exam requirements either It's certainly not any of the "regular" British boards. Sounds like the Royal Conservatory of Music (not British despite the implication behind the name), since I know Alone at Sunset is set for grade 5 in their syllabus. However, they are very opaque a...
by gizzy
10 Sep 2012, 08:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: My project which I am excited about
Replies: 9
Views: 4054

Re: My project which I am excited about

Well, organisation is going very slowly - lots of enthusiastic and approving cooing noises and a couple of singers, but nobody who wants to help me to organise it yet - but I just had my 15 Minutes of Fame, me and Sara Mohr-Pietsch :o) 8) 8) :D 8) 8) I was on Your Call on radio 3 just after 7:30 thi...
by gizzy
30 Aug 2012, 21:12
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?
Replies: 7
Views: 2679

Re: Is playing piano a cure for mental illness?

I get an hour lesson every friday by the sea, excelent tuition and nearly finshed the Alfred,s 2 book, starting on ABRSM 2 book next month. I am so happy. :piano; I'm not sure that makes it a "cure" exactly, but it's marvellous medicine and can keep many of the worse symptoms at bay Music and laugh...