On a brighter note (I hope) I am being treated to my first EVER one to one violin lesson tomorrow. All the ones I had in my yoof were group practice then orchestra. Thank you to my better half for the early birthcake present. It's probably in the hope that the family hear slightly sweeter noises coming from over here
Pete Seeger's familiar song 'Little Boxes' always reminds me of the gargantuan estates of identikit housing in Batchley, Woodrow and Matchborough in Redditch and Woodside, Sutton Hill and Brookside in Telford...'and they all look just the same'.
I've just done the online Mensa test and got 72%, good but needs 'wuckin 'on, boy'!
My lesson was great! I've got lots of tips on correcting my violin hold (which I knew was bad) and my bow hold (that I thought was ok)! Some good pieces to practice to try and another lesson next week. I'm feeling determined, though the piano's not going to take a back seat either. Nutlet is practicing grade 2 pieces and g2/3 scales and arpeggios and grade 4 aural I'm making this my year to 1) play the violin 2) improve my French and 3) lighten up a bit and enjoy things more.
Nutella's leaping ahead in mile long strides musically then! Glad you enjoyed your violin lesson. I had a piano lesson with an excellent teacher in Cardiff called Lynne in November and that was the very first piano lesson I actually enjoyed. It's a magical feeling coming home from a music lesson you've enjoyed!
Saw all three volumes of Fanny W and Lady Harewood's Piano Lessons for £10 together with more classical CDs I wanted (including some Philip Glass) that I wanted but couldn't afford in the OB&M in Knowle, near Solihull.
Now, I can do a pretty good mock Scouse accent. Now I need lots of facial hair, a wig, spectacles, some new clothes, a Trilby and a walking stick I can hunch my back over so I can take part without fear of being spotted by the Director of Music.....
Then both of the Georgian houses in Liverpool featured on BBC2's Interior Design Challenge final had a piano in them. Now I know why there are so many music shops in Liverpool city centre (Curleys, Dawsons, Music Notes) to supply so many pianists and piano learners amongst other reasons for being in business.
CALLER: 'Ullo Tone, what about the Villa today then??'
BUTLER: 'Yeah, what about them?'
CALLER 'Erm, nuffink really, just how about them.....Tarrah, Tone!'
(and that was just a clean one)
and who could forget Les Ross and his Round The World Telephone Call show on a Sunday morning. Brummie expats in sunnier climes had something very much to fear from that 'call from England'. Including a drunken Brummie in Santa Rosa, California who tried to discuss lewd things with Les live on air!
Anyway, this in a roundabout sort of fashion has something to do with a Conservative councillor in Oxfordshire who resigned live on air (and later changed his mind) after being pressed into a corner by Malcolm Boyden of BBC Oxford 95.2FM. It seems this councillor had decided to up sticks and move to Thailand whilst still holding elected office in Oxfordshire. Malcolm Boyden is from Birmingham and he used to present a five morning a week miscellany of pointless banter and low grade waffle on BBC WM, egged on by callers (usually simpleton over 50s) from the various reaches of the area - and Boyden himself used to add to the kitchen sinkery by 'putting on' this Black Country accent that, unlike those of Lenny Henry, Frank Skinner or Noddy Holder, sounded incredibly fabricated, nauseating and rather foolish. He earned this reputation as a bit of a popinjay - which is probably why the BBC gave him the push. Now he's back on BBC Oxford and guess what? The saft twerp appears to be 'putting on' a RP accent to scrutinise dodgy politicians on air!! I just think it's so funny, Radio 3 next, one wonders??
'Up and down like a merry man's backside', 'up and down like a pair of mad woman's draws' and 'I'm sweating like a glass blowers' backside' were phrases Boyden would bandy about liberally on BBC WM in order to persuade his listeners to feed his own ego. However he never had any red-handed politicians on his programme though. They delegated that to Ed Doolan (former presenter of similar programme on BRMB in the 1970s).
Humphrys and Paxman had better watch out, there's summat rattling down the M40:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ox ... e-26067453
(BBC WM now has Adrian Goldberg in Boyden's old slot - which does make me grateful I have the Birdsong channel on DAB, or Radio 3).
That'll probably be the 97.3 talk service only rather than that plus the much better 1152 AM all-news station. The sounds of Birdsong will be shot down by the 'offend to capitalise' conservative shock jocks of LBC then. Travesty!!!
http://www.ukdigitalradio.com/news/disp ... ar=&id=407
There is, however, a danger that Global Radio (owner of brands Classic FM, Capital, Heart, Smooth, LBC, XFM and Gold) can attempt to force other broadcasters such as Talksport, Absolute etc. off the D1 in future. Already Jazz FM has disappeared from it, as D1 expect more broadcasters to pay higher and higher premiums to use the plex.
There used to be this geyser called Eifion Jones from the north-west who always liked to call himself Jonesy who popped up during the late 1990s on Radio Cymru (he's also done stuff in English on Radio City 96.7 in Liverpool) and basically he was the Welsh Malcolm Boyden.
To be honest, I've not had Radio Cymru on for years. I don't know why I don't as now I have a good Internet connection and listen to worldwide stations playing classical/jazz.
http://www.gumtree.com/p/business-servi ... 1048003729
She also was talking with me about doing duets and she agreed with me that they are essential for any piano learner. And two music books I'd had in since October were sold to Ann!
She told me not to give up. That was before I got home tonight and sat at my piano.
(from this lovely instrument at Tanworth in Arden Anglican Church)
You dare tamper with that organ....or Justin Welby will be round with 'the firm'.
Nope, I really don't fancy a journey up to Newcastle in all this wind and rain with a lorryload of coals. If anyone knows how difficult it's been for me to learn the piano in eight years, it's my wife. She knows I want to learn, but as she has experienced too much misfortune in her life also, she is the only one upon whose shoulder I can cry.
I haven't told her I've suffered yet another major setback. Yet she too wants me to succeed. If there was any justice in the world, I would succeed! Now, to work out how to tell her - or not to. Can't write to Claire Rayner on this one, she's in a better place.
Case in point. As an act of sheer desperation I just put 'how to learn to play piano' into Google and every result I got on page 1 alone seemed to highly contradict each other.
So, how to learn to play the piano. Does anybody have a scooby doo???
And why can't I succeed at it, am I some sort of unteachable old birdbrain or something, despite the enthusiasm and willingness I show???
I'm really an old romantic at heart.
One of my main problems is getting a good enough hold to free my left had to play. This has been helped by fixing a rolled up pub bar towel to the shoulder rest with a couple of elastic bands. Works a treat.
2014 book of G2 piano pieces came with the postie this morning - it's got the Flintstones them tune in it
Hats off to you, DB, it's a struggle, but I hope you keep at the piano. I'm a rubbish player, but I can't go a day without playing something. Music is a great language to speak.
Unlike Nut Cutlet. I really do hope she doesn't make the same mistakes as I did with her musical journey. I hope she is enjoying the experience. She deserves to!!!!!
Mine! (from somebody who hates his self). Might put it on Youtube later.
I've just seen the forecast for next week, calmer weather forecast but not after yet another band of rain crosses England on Monday, albeit with strong breezes rather than gales, storms and force 12s.
I would be seriously worried if this happened in June or August.....but it is February after all. We have seen deep snow in March and 29 degrees in October, together with the Great Lakes frozen solid.....now, is there such a thing as global climate change and rising sea levels, Mr.Farage??? (leader of extreme right and anti-environmentalist Ukip political party in the UK).
I might take some photos tomorrow of my sheet music displays and post them. I restock and tidy up every Monday and it seems to be paying dividends! (not that I actually advocate a shareholder society, being a Leftie!)
Have taken some photos of my displays, though I was a little bit short of stuff to put on them today so it was just a bit of easy little titivations here and there. It was also the last time I'll see my boss John as he leaves at the end of this week. He did me a great favour in giving me an opportunity to come and work there and I never forget people who genuinely help me out.
Will upload some of the photos later so you can all see what I get up to on a Monday, amongst other duties.
I really like those Edition Peters titles you see on one of the pictures that I've put out on display. To see one of those sat on the music stand of an Edwardian piano would certainly convey a homely aesthetic...if only we had the space for one of those in our shop (so customers could 'try before they buy!') Though there are a hell of a lot of facsimiles of those knocking around that, frankly, are unsaleable.
And all with John's managerial help as well.
I love the fact that the Peters editions haven't changed for years; you're right, it lends a sort of timeless quality to the heaps of music. You should come here and sort out my music room...
I've got lots of 40s/50s popular songs, music hall stuff that would have been available either as sheet music or 78rpm record that I've priced at 49p just to get rid of...all in the Popular Music tray, with Michael Aaron's Piano Course no1 (blue), Making The Grade 1, More MTG 1, A Dozen A Day mini and Book 2 amongst other tutorial stuff in the Learn Piano trays. Calling all musitians and pianists of Brum, come buy my wares instead of traipsing all the way to Stratford.
There's some easy-ish Einaudi as well in good condition, if you're into minimalist stuff.
And the human brain has evolved to NEED and respond to kindness and compassion. Our anxiety system is just for warning us of danger and threats, it can bring us down but we can train it to work in harmony with our other two emotion systems.
Books, books, books. Malala Yousafzai was right, we NEED books, they keep us alive. The Rough Guide to Music Theory is in the lav.
Oddly enough, BRMB could be heard on 1152 as far south as Bristol, much further from Birmingham than south Shropshire! The old FM service on 94.8 had difficulty reaching some southern suburbs of Brum!
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/ne ... ed-6732216
I can second that. It works on all sorts of levelsGill the Piano wrote:Have you read the Inner Game of Music yet, Dave? Talks about the little critic we all have inside and how to disregard it. Good book.
Ta, Gill. It's not available on Musicroom but Presto, whose HQ are in Leamington not far from me, have it:Gill the Piano wrote:If you ever see the ABRSM little red theory book, grab it, Dave. Everything you'll ever need to know condensed into one tiny book.
http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/sm/733 ... tAodFVcARg
Though The Rough Guide To Reading Music is pretty good too. I want to look out for The Rough Guide To The Piano in similar sized book. The sort of thing Blackwells in Oxford or Chappells in London would sell, maybe...or there's a music shop in Kensington whose name escapes me.