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Musical lightbulb moments log

Post by dave brum » 29 Jul 2014, 21:25

I'm having so many of these lately I think I have to start a new thread to keep track of them all.

Not really number 1 but it is here. In any minor scale, the third degree is always its relative major scale, e.g C minor's third is Eb, its relative major, Gmin=Bb, Bmin=D etc. Like the circle of 5ths C-G, G-D etc.

I made the discovery practising Gypsy Dance in Cmin by Haydn, which modulates to its major for a while.
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Post by dave brum » 30 Aug 2014, 17:55

I've just discovered I have a wrist so I'll use it! Not fair on fingers that they should do all the work!
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Post by Gill the Piano » 30 Aug 2014, 20:43

And arms. When playing staccato think of bouncing a tennis ball - you use the whole arm but gently.
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Post by dave brum » 30 Aug 2014, 21:42

And tickling, not tinkling the ivories.
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Post by dave brum » 21 Sep 2014, 15:33

Here's a good one. I've realised that I CAN learn to be a very good sight reader but the problem is not that I'm too old, or too thick or even have the wrong attitude. It's because I don't have the confidence. I really am too scared.
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Post by Feg » 21 Sep 2014, 15:49

dave brum wrote:Here's a good one. I've realised that I CAN learn to be a very good sight reader but the problem is not that I'm too old, or too thick or even have the wrong attitude. It's because I don't have the confidence. I really am too scared.
Believe it or not, that reason is the only one that you CAN do something about! However, you will need the help and support of a trained professional (not in the piano teaching sense) but in the talking therapy/trained counsellor sense. it can be overcome with help.

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Post by dave brum » 21 Sep 2014, 15:57

I think I can do much more about things that are wrong with me but I just don't have the confidence or I'm scared of change or taking risks etc. I had thought about going to a private counsellor as I really do not think anything I've had offered to me by the NHS (and I've had loads of things) actually gets to the heart of the problem. But again I don't know where to begin. I had to stop working at the bookshop because I just didn't have the confidence to even face other people.

Also I don't get that much money and as I hinted elsewhere I may have to take another cut soon due to a move from contributions to income based benefits.

Some people in church tried to help me out but then Fanny Fosdyke and I fell out and I stopped going.

I really hate whingeing to mental health services because all they do is passively say 'yes David I know how you feel you poor old sod, do you feel suicidal, here's some more medication...'. They never tell you how to empower yourself or actively engage with your problem to help you to kill it.
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Post by Feg » 21 Sep 2014, 16:26

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Post by Gill the Piano » 22 Sep 2014, 16:17

Don't keep saying it because you're reinforcing that idea in your brain. Keep telling yourself you can't do it and sure enough... I know it's a big thing to ask, but try to remain positive. Thunk of all the things you CAN do, not the one thing you (think you) can't.
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Post by dave brum » 22 Sep 2014, 16:28

But what can I do apart from annoy everybody, including my wife, and whinge all the time?? (I've just received something else from the Benefits Agency to whinge about).

How do I convince myself that I am not a waste of space? What can I say that I am proud of myself for?? I really do not know as there are so many things wrong with me and they can only become more and more entrenched if they're not dealt with.
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Post by Gill the Piano » 23 Sep 2014, 17:01

You've passed piano exams.You are intelligent. You persist with your practice doggedly. You speak Welsh fluently. And as one quote I love says 'I am an Englishwoman. I was born in wedlock. I am on dry land.' Said by Lady Something-or-other when things looked bad (when the caviar had dropped off the spoon or something...)
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Post by dave brum » 23 Sep 2014, 17:49

I do practice and practice earnestly because I believe practice makes perfect, however I'm not sure whether I'm actually any GOOD or not??
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Post by dave brum » 23 Sep 2014, 19:28

I can STILL play those hymn tunes I played over a month ago, so why does it seem so bloody unimportant?
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Post by dave brum » 02 Nov 2014, 13:10

What I've blamed in the past on SRing is probably more to do with unexercised fingers and/or fingers that move too slow. Most of the problems I have are with runs of fast SQs, however hymns, carols and slow to moderate pieces in Book 1 I do not have a problem with, in fact I can sight read them BETTER the more frequently I revisit them. I always notice this on a Sunday when I change my 6 repertoire pieces.

So I've incorporated exercises with the SQ runs in the relevant hand only into my practice schedule. The piece Gizzy refers to as 'pee-po pee-po belly belly bum bum' (her words not mine) is one of 'those' pieces.

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Post by Gill the Piano » 03 Nov 2014, 18:37

HURRAH! :lol:
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Post by dave brum » 13 Dec 2014, 17:46

The first three spaces upwards on the bass clef spell ACE but the three ledger lines below it also spell likewise.

As do the three ledger lines above the treble steve. The three lines above the treble can be linked by a vertical line to make an upper case E, which is what the top note is! These silly little things a saft old sausage like me notices!
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Post by Gill the Piano » 14 Dec 2014, 16:23

But so useful for remembering things! I'd never spotted all that...
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