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Just mailed my (baby) brother who is 22 months younger than me to see if there's any family history of what I've got. He has never had it, but it appears he has everything else: COPD, DVT therefore on warfarin, both kidneys failing rather rapidly, diabetic gluces often wildly out of control (he's on insulin) - my dad and our elder brother both died of kidney cancer, don't know if it's related to his condition. Suddenly I feel quite healthy.
It's is rather quiet here minus a certain gentleman.
I only have one more rehearsal before I make a fool of myself in front of the great and good of Balerno. A week on Saturday, I, and my very able pianist friend, am playing a short-ish selection of pieces as part of Music@The Mill. Luckily, the assembled crowd will be partaking of refreshment whilst we play so I am hoping that the home-baking is better than my attempts at Chanson du Matin et al.
It was a piece of cake - stayed awake in spite of the sedative and chatted and watched my guts on the monitor but they didn't find anything. which is good news and bad news (so what's causing it. then?)Feg wrote:I assume that without information to the contrary Gizzy, you have survived your 'procedure'. Hope you are taking time to recover.
Home again by midday and just going out to lunch
What's happened to him? Has he unsubbed again?Feg wrote:It's is rather quiet here minus a certain gentleman.
I was not perfect but I did much better on the SR than I thought I'd do. Mabs told me that it takes years to learn to sight read but in seven months of regular lessons I've come on exceptionally well.
I'm also doing Grade 4 scales, did two last time and I've got another two for next time (Db major, with all the flats and C# minor). That makes 19 scales I'm now playing.
I'm now on book 2 of A Dozen A Day and transposing Part 1 to different major keys. Two Christmas carol tunes (the easy Irby, which I've learned in a week and the slightly more difficult Adeste Fideles, in which I'm as far as, in the sung carol 'Bethlehem') and another new one from CTM2. I only have six more tunes to learn in CTM1, which I'm not doing with Mabel but just tinkering with on my own. I've got some tinkering to do with my last HW piece. Mabs has told me exactly what to do with each piece and scale.
And I've finished the grade 2 theory book, and got plenty of past papers in that grade to do for my next lesson, on the 4th November after half term.
Your teacher Mabel talks a lot of sense and is obviously the right teacher for you. Sight-reading does take years to perfect and even then, is rarely 100% perfect.
Transposition at the keyboard, now that IS a skill and a half! I vaguely remember doing a lot of it at Uni but that was a very long time ago.
Sounds like you have plenty to occupy you until your next lesson.
Mabel is very sensible and she sounds as though she knows exactly what you're capable of, Dave. Keep on keeping on!
Feg, you'll be fine. Don't forget to let us know how it went!
I survived! My middle name must be Gloria I did enjoy myself and so did my pianist friend Irene. I have resolved to actually do regular violin practice from now on - I had forgotten that I can actually play quite well.Gill the Piano wrote: Feg, you'll be fine. Don't forget to let us know how it went!
Christmas music will go on the classical music section and come mid-November, space will have to be made for that too.
I hope I have a chance to actually play these carols to some unsuspecting folk.
If you have easy carol books put them out now; the teachers are starting them now ready to hear them every day between now & crimbo. I love Christmas but that might just do my head in.
I am forced to do very limited piano practice on Monday, just scales SR and HW tune as we are off to have fun with some Loiners, hopefully.
I remember Richard Whiteley many many years ago talking of the history of Briggate on TV, it was quite interesting. Will be taking a walk down Briggate, The Headrow, Vicar Lane, Lands Lane and down t'Calls tomorrow!
Dave, all your news is wonderful. Glad you're enjoying ADAD2 - that first one I think separates the men from the boys, as I try people out on it and they usually start quite fast on the crotchets and just speed up a bit for the quavers and a bit more for the semiquavers. I'm sure you don't do that! I like to get them to say caterpillar caterpillar on the semis, as they can then say caterpillar for each crotchet, and cat-pill- for the quavers.
One of my adult pupils brought in a s/r book by John Kember (published by Schott) and I liked it so much that I bought it and its follow-up book. They are very carefully progressed and what makes them different from most s/r exercises is that they are very nice little pieces and make you want to go back and play them another couple of times.
We're off next Monday (27th) on a train down to the south of France (nice!) in a hare-brained scheme of mine to celebrate Robin's retirement (or "twice as much husband and half as much money" as one friend calls it) and a couple of days after that we pick up Gertie the labradoodle and bring her home to meet Gizzy (with a capital G, the feline one) who will probably run away (we're still trying to to work out how to do that). Gertie looks like an Andrex puppy at the moment.
More later; soooo tired and trying to edit videos I recorded on Friday so that I can upload them for my kids
Speaking of "my kids" - not my pupils but daughters this time, both of mine are in late 30s and both want kids but have been dragging their feet - d#1 just told me she's come off the pill. Early days yet, but I could be changing my username to Nanna over the nest year or so
(Almost) learned my two new scales Db major (five flats) and C#minor (four sharps and sharpened B). Having to go over them several times over the past couple of weeks in the oddest of places and practice the fingerings on my lap whenever.
Dozen A Day book 2, transposing quite difficult, especially on home-dominant 7th-home exercises but I'm almost on top of it for next lesson.
Slow progress with the carols but now up to last 'O come let us.....' of Adeste Fideles. Not touched Winchester Old yet.
Now on the last line of Italian Song, my HW piece. There's a tricky couple of bars of quavers involving white and black notes, including an accidental G# that I'm practising repeatedly.
Repertoire pieces getting slightly easier every time I revisit them. Sometimes my practice can last an hour but I am finding that I make more progress if I spend LESS time at the piano, this morning after practice I made two Christmas puddings which took me ages and after popping upstairs and 'shaking hands with the vicar', I went through as much of the Italian Song as I knew. Perfect!
Missing Mabel something chronic, still another 9 days to finish off my HW and carol. And I'm back at the bookshop. I am now responsible for classical vinyl as well as classical CDs, sheet music and music books.
Did anybody spot anything negative??
***Monday update*** Winchester Old started.
Sharp major: G D A E B
Sharp minor: E B C# G#
Flat major: F Bb Eb Ab Db
Flat minor: D G C
and of course C major and A minor which makes a total of 19. One notable absence is F# minor (###) I suppose I'll get that next week. The relatives of Ab and Db majors, which using the three semitone rule would be F and Bb minors I've not yet come across.
I shall have to start taking a little more care of my hands now.
Now I've done all the g2 theory I can do. We're going to Nottingham in mid November so they may still have some old theory papers for 50p a go in Musicroom that I cleared out of g1 papers a few months ago. I need lots and lots of grist for the music theory mill.
The old cheap grotty sounding keyboard I have in the conservatory I use to do scales practice on while I'm cooking the dinner may have to be replaced soon as now I'm using it to do homework pieces on and it isn't really designed for serious use. Even its organ 'tone' doesn't even sound like an organ and beyond a compass of around 20 semitones in the midrange, it's virtually unuseable as a piano practice tool. But replacing it is not on my to do list right now. I think I'll be needing a record player soon to listen to all this classical vinyl I'm now responsible for at Oxfam.
Do you know yet where you will be playing on Christmas Day, Gill??
I said about Bethlehem, First Nowell and Cranham, but The Boars Head carol would be a plum pudding pelter to learn....
I should also disclose that I have been asked by Shazia (the manager of my bookshop) to play some carols in the shop at the late night Christmas shopping event in Moseley next month. On my keyboard?? Its piano and organ tones sound nothing like a piano and organ.
Maybe Mabel might be able to help me. Its my lesson tomorrow after 3 weeks of waiting patiently - hopefully she'll be off the zimmer frame she's been on since July.
1. No new scales to do, so she says I am now right up to g4 with them. I am now doing double octave arpeggios, starting with C and G major and minor
2. Theory. I'm to get the grade 3 workbook.
3. I'm also to look out for CTM 3 (even though I'm only playing 9 pieces from CTM2)
4. Another newish piece for HW that's full of SQs. She thinks the carols I'm playing (Hymn Tunes For The Reluctant Organist) are too hard to think about doing in public at the shop, she's showed me an easier carol book by Eleanor Franklin Pike that has both American songs and European carols in easy two part form, and sight reading Away In A Manger got her congratulations as, even though I made a few thingy-ups, I KEPT GOING without either cussing or crossing myself!
Next lesson on the 18th.
So that's a nice big order from Opus 13 then!
Quot estis in convivio indeed, Lin!gizzy wrote:And spoonerised, that would be...?dave brum wrote: The Boars Head carol
oh, and for a bit of fun, I've taken to playing 'have a banana' cadences on the end of my carols. Just to curry favour with my Cockney wife!
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