Saturday, January 28, 2012

One cello four hands

I remembered my bow, but forgot to bring my cello ... can we share?

(Thanks, Kathy, for sharing this.)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Using a timer for practice

I'm not a big fan of using a timer to meet minimum practice time requirements because it's too likely that the student will then focus on the timer more than the goals of practice. However, timers can be used in other ways.

Set your timer for three minutes to work on one difficult section in your music. Set your timer for 15 minutes to play scales and arpeggios. Set your timer for 15 minutes to polish a performance piece. Set your timer for 15 minutes to play only Bach. Set your timer for three minutes to improve your tone on open strings. Etc.

I did this yesterday with my new iPod Touch timer and found it useful because I have the tendency to obsess and only work on one piece of music when I practice. When I limited my time to 15 minutes for one piece I knew I had to be efficient with my practice time and was much more careful - I probably got as much done as I usually do in 30 minutes!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Science of sound... "What is up with Noises?"

I'm sure you always wanted to know....

FINALLY an explanation for my question regarding consonance vs. disonance! (I DID always want to know!)

The part at 6:30 ... harmonics.

Overtones - the reason for different timbres (pronounced "tambers") - answered a question before I even thought to ask it!

"Hey! Check it out!" Lots of geeky fun here. :-)

Fun to know stuff, but even those of us who don't quite get it all can still make music!

Our ears and brains are wonderfully made!