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Suggest it to the vicar, an Animal Service. Now, which church did that based on an idea of which vicar!!
I think working in 3/8 is better for DSQs, using them in /4 ones are quite perplexing and impossible (for me) to make rhythms out of them. I'm still not used to SQs and even quavers in /2 times, which in the case of the latter should be '1-ee-and-a-2-ee-and-a' in Desmond time.
There are cross refs to the pink AB bible in there.
I started them this morning but I do not intend to whizz through these g3 ones like I did with g2. Just do one exercise, and ruminate on it, then take it to Mabs for marking. Maybe in the meantime have a go at doodle-composing rhythms involving DSQs just to get used to working with them (instead of doing Guardian Sudokus)
Alas no sign of the Whores Bed Carol yet, Gill
I sold 2 easy play carol books, both over from last year yesterday at the bookshop. To two different people!
No piano practice yesterday evening. Naughty Dave. By the time I'd done a full day at the shop, drove through rush hour Birmingham traffic in the wind and rain to Aldi, filled up the car, more quintisentially British driving conditions, unloaded the car, put it all away, walked to Balti house that one month earlier had played host to David and Sam Cameron, dined, walked back in the rain, and made a 'proper brew' it was 2130 and I was creamed.
I hope the Balti house was fumigated after having a politician in it...
My parliamentary constituency is a Conservative marginal, held by Labour. It was not by chance he decided to dine here. He also ate at the Five Guys restaurant in Solihull, which is an even tighter marginal held by the Liberal Democrats. There's a cracking Five Guys in the Bullring he could have visited (and only a few minutes drive from the venue of his last party conference)Gill the Piano wrote: I hope the Balti house was fumigated after having a politician in it...
But at least the service the both of us received was more than satisfac-Tory and the place was full to bursting point of happy Brummie balti afficionados.
It also seems to stay on your hands/Marigold gloves and the last thing I want are farage spores on Mabel's piano after lesson tomorrow afternoon. It's the invisible killer (farage that is, not kids bogeys on piano keys...)
In practical terms maybe, but they're included in the theory at grade 3 level. I would hate to play them in even 3/8 time (/4 time would be suitable only for kryptonites).Gill the Piano wrote:Not usual to encounter dsq's pre grade 5!
Isn't it better to remember how to work it out than to remember how many - I mean dsq is two to a sq so 4 to a q, so 3x4 to a dotted crotchet, rather than trying to learn all the numbers?dave brum wrote:...trying to remember how many demisemiquavers in a quaver, dotted quaver, crotchet, and commit it to my long term memory.....
It's a bit like learning the fingering rules for the chromatic scale. I always teach that all blacks 3, all whites are thumb, except when you get two together when it's 1 & 2 in the order you can see them on your hand. I've met kids who have laboriously learned parrot fashion that right going up is 1-2 and right coming down is 2-1, then left going up is 2-1, oh hang on, is that coming down, oh, left going up is 1-2, no sorry, it's 2-1... I refuse to let mine learn it that way.
I should have said I'm on book 3 now, even though I've got 4 tunes from book 1 and 18 from book 2 left to do to play catchup. But no rush. I'm finding the remnants of book 1 quite easy to learn now.
My wife would like to go to Midnight Mass on 24/12 but we can't do that either.
There is one a little nearer but it's right in the middle of a dodgy council estate where one would not wish to leave one's automobile or walk through in the early hours of Christmas morning.Gill the Piano wrote:Try different churches!
I don't know the bloke at 'Our Lady of the Dodgy Estate'!
It all depends how my wife feels about going to a strange place with strange people. She's been to Mrs Fosdyke's church before but I don't think she was too impressed, the churchwardens harrassed us both every Sunday to go up for a blessing and we kept refusing every time. Just one 'no' should have sufficed - and afterwards, we were sat in the hall drinking our tea and nibbling our custard cream in the corner on our own like outcasts. Nobody even came up to say hello and we both found that incredibly disheartening for the house of God.Gill the Piano wrote:Give it a go then!
Oh and of course how the weather is on 24/12.
She plays at nearly all of the services now she's Director of Music. She also does work at other churches in the area.
I also saw quite amusingly a van advertising something society DOES need, especially at this time of year, plumbing and heating engineers. This one traded under the name of 'Running Water' and had an 01527 area code (Bromsgrove or Redditch). On the back of his van was a caricature of the famous Native American chief with a speech bubble saying 'NO COWBOYS HERE!!'. Classic!!
My old Achilles heel of confidence and not reading ahead reared its ugly head again but was soon kicked in the crotchets with some more carols and a nice loud blast of God Save The Queen.
The information superhighway has also revealed that the adult choir that England's worst piano teacher is a member of is performing at a local venue's Christmas fayre next weekend.
Definitely no midnight mass or Christmas morning carol singing for us then, Mrs Murphy on the organ or not. Think I'll play them in loo.
Just incase of misunderstanding, when I spoke of the 'C-word' I didn't mean 'conservative'. This word is much more Anglo-Saxon in etymology.
Good grief...dave brum wrote:Just in case of misunderstanding, when I spoke of the 'C-word' I didn't mean 'conservative'. This word is much more Anglo-Saxon in etymology.
But not before I've sorted my growing pile of sheet music out as there's loads of things in there that would be good SR fodder. I got an EFP book from Marlow I've not touched!
I had a piano lesson with a qualified bona-fide piano teacher, Mabel Mucklethwaite this afternoon. Here are the main points:
Four more double octave arpeggios, E and D minor and major.
Moving on with Dozen a day, group 3 but only the first six as they're getting hard now. Half a dozen a day.
Another couple of pages of theory, transposing and usage of 3 ledger lines above and below the Steve.
Homework, Ivan Sings was fine, and he DID sing, but I got the syncopated bits in the last couple of bars wrong! New homework piece Rondo my Mozart, another difficult 'un but a great challenge.
And the best part, the carols! Mabel was on the computer in the piano room when I arrive but I did not sit there and wait for her to finish. I played to her as she worked.....and she liked it!
Next lesson on the 16th, followed the day after by her adults Christmas party. Her boyfriend is having lessons and he will be playing also. Well, she couldn't afford William Hague or Ed Balls!!!
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