I cannot keep going all that way just for a piano lesson even though she's a wonderful teacher. It's impractical (and common sense, really).gizzy wrote:Oh no! What happened?dave brum wrote:No trip to Cardiff as originally planned
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I've just been to Sainsburys with a self-written shopping list which included scourers. Get to Sainsburys and decide it looks more like scousers. Will teach me to write instead of scribble. Reminds me of when I was a child looking through my late grandmothers' letters to my late mother whom at the time was serving with the Naafi in Cyprus. All of her almost ilegible and incorrectly spelled letters would end with 'please excuse terrible wrighting'. Fast forward to the 1980s and a shopping list containing 'marzes bars'.
I also had to go into town after work. For early January the Bullring was chockablock at 17.40. Had to go into the Body Shop for my wife. She needed a new body.
I have always said, being a British citizen I should be used to dull cloudy and cold days in the winter and even in the summer. But what matters is our anatomical and genetic make up NOT our 'Britishness' and we need daylight to function correctly as living creatures just as much as we need darkness to produce melatonin for relaxation and sleep.
But it's a nice treat on the 29th on my one day holiday in Buckinghamshire!
You great big fat idle ugly waaaaart, 'e said. Ya gret useless spawny eyed parrot faced wazzock!
This got to no3 in the (English) charts.
My own notation consists of two rows of finger numbers, the letters A to G, and the use of a comma to indicate the beat (e.g 1,3,4,5,,,, and C,E,F,G,,,, for When The Saints.)
I haven't seen Lesson 3 yet but I would imagine the Double Dutch would be introduced then.
Don't worry Gill, I never could read it properly anyway! I think I can honestly say I can play it better than I can read it.Gill the Piano wrote:I hope so; don't want you forgetting how to read music!
I remember learning at school how Louis Braille invented the system of 'touch-reading' based on six dots that bears his name. He did it because, as without vision he could not read the twelve dot system used at his special school in France. So he invented his own system which caught on due to its simplicity. If only someone would invent a system of music notation that I could read. Maybe I should invent one and call it Brum. I don't know. But I've finished 'translating' I Know Where I'm Going' from Double Dutch into 'Brum' and look forward to putting it on my practice schedule next week.
I do need to work out practically and methodically how my simple way will fare outside of the five finger position. Still, where there's a will....
If I do it as frequently as slowly and as that I can at least notice things as I touched upon before. I'm looking at viewing lesson 3 on the 25th, and then I can spend as much time as I need to on fully mastering what she says in lesson 2. I watch both of the first two lessons daily just so I don't lose hope.
That's the beauty of having an online piano tutor because a) you can always play back each lesson as often as you like until it sinks in rather than risking brain overload for half an hour in a strange house on a strange piano b) if there's anything you need to ask her, she tells us to use the comments bar to put our questions to her and she DOES answer them (unless they're salacious and irrelevant comments of course) and c) an online tutor cannot patronise or even insult you!!
and One More Time, great stereo on that one:
Be warned, Aldi chocolate is cheap and very good:) Cereals, pasta, rice, biscuits, chocolate/sweets, washing liquid, fruit/veg, dairy products etc tend to be on my Aldi list. Toiletries are also very good value for money.
It is worthwhile signing up for email info from them, as the Specials are often interesting.
There are loads of branded goods in there, Kelloggs Cornflakes, Colgate, Shredded Wheat etc. but their premium goods are much much lower in price than Morrisons' equivalent goods. They had a whole range of Aberdeen Angus beef products that were quite good, And their chocolate, I never eat anything lower than 85% cocoa and I picked up a 125g bar for only £1.09. That's very good value.
It's Aldi all the way for me from now on!!! We can now afford a Balti with the money we've saved!!!
Their muesli tastes good too, packed with fruit. Sainsburys orange label muesli is 95% oats and sugar. Not tried Lidl though, or Netto.
I need a couple of hours by it today as the ironing was quite a job this morning
Half an hour of power piano practice thanks to a couple of hours by the light today. And NO ballsups (apologies to Ed). Eight days away from Alison's Lesson 3!
I couldn't see that book of easy play hymens (you know the one I mean Gill) as it was out, as was the 'It's Easy To Play: Hymens'. There was a 'reluctant organist's Hymn Book' there, as if there are absolutely no one in the realms of the christian church that actually likes being either cajoled or in some cases pressganged into playing the organ on a Sunday.
Got that right, boy! I only play because I didn't move fast enough...dave brum wrote:as if there are absolutely no one in the realms of the christian church that actually likes being either cajoled or in some cases pressganged into playing the organ on a Sunday.
She also tends to steer clear of the 'Cheeky Girls'' top pop smash 'Touch My Posterior' but yes, that old chestnut was given a debut airing. And no looks of shock or hands on mouths from the little old ladies in the class, either.
I think I may have twisted the other knee to the one I fell down on last week, sustaining a 2cm cut. My legs are becoming bent and straightening them is too much effort. Honestly, I feel like an old great grandad, and I'm not even a dad!
Leamington tomorrow if the weather's nice. There's a very good music shop there.
Some people wear strappy wotsits if they have a weak knee; could you try that?
Last year, when something of mine twinged and gave way during a floor exercise, I inadvertently uttered 'OOOH, ME BALLS!!!' and the whole class heard it and burst out laughing!
Just watching my Youtube clip playing the piano at the LoB made me think of Anna Moonlight (remember her) She would have been in her element mucking around on that piano with me.
I wonder what she's doing now
(she has a good 'Useful Information' section too)
And this bloke whom I discovered yesterday:
Mr.Hancock has one of the best websites a 'freegan' learner can read, including some great Youtube clips of his learners - and this inspirational little piece of literary wisdom:
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Wonder if he pronounces his name 'Han-coe'?
I even picked up a lovely Edition Peters book. I can't play a bloody note from it but every one of those volumes are collectors' items and they're lovely to have out on display.
his songs are so inspirational - a time for peace, I swear it's not too late just as relevant for today's planet as it was when the song was composed. From a pianists' point of view, his arrangement of 'Guantanamera' for The Sandpipers was included in Complete Piano Player bk2, which made me more aware of his influence through his philosophies, inspiration of a generation, and his subsequent proscription by the government of the so-called 'land of the free'.
I personally regard Paul Robeson as the finest folk musician America has ever produced, Pete Seeger came a very close second. RIP Pete.