Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 30/08/2020

Today, I set up my new conductor’s music stand and very optimistically prepped my CG practice corner for a three hour practice session that never happened. This means I’ve so far taken two music rest days and I’m writing this post to shame myself so that I will do three hours tomorrow. In my defense,…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 17/08/2020

I start working with Teacher #4 presumably next week. In the meanwhile, I’ve practicised Preludium by Dowland and Dedicatoria by Guzman so many times that I think I need to work on newer pieces just so I don’t get stuck in a “oh I’m just going to be learning three exam pieces” rut. Even if…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 17/08/2020

I figured I’d better post here about my piano work as a motivation to keep going. I had a few days off last week, and the week before. And tonight. Surprisingly, when I started playing again over the weekend, I’d gotten better. I think part of this slowness is because I’ve been working on properly…

Sunday Matinee 16/08/2020 — Julian Bream Showcase

For this Sunday, I’m curating a mix of full concerts and shorter pieces by the late Julian Bream, since the classical guitar community around the world are collectively still mourning his demise. The feature picture is by S. Hurok, concert promoter/photographer, New York and is in the public domain. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

RIP Julian Bream

A sad day for all classical guitarists who admire this maestro of our beloved instrument. Julian Bream playing the Lute for Stravinsky Serenata Española by Joaquin Malats Capricho Arabe — F. Tarrega Granada — Isaac Albeniz A Fancy — John Dowland Lute Concerto in D — Antonio Vivaldi The featured picture of Julian Bream is…

Friday Mixtape 14/08/2020

How did it get to be the middle of August already? I have no idea. Today’s mixtape was catalysed by the first line of Sufjan Stevens’s new single, Video Game. Unsure if he was calling out Depeche Mode or not but any time is a good time to hear and rock out to the first…

Friday φρέσκο 14/10/2020

Tonight I’m Drowning — Ego Ella May Thrill — Future Islands New Future Islands is always a cause for joy! Video Game — Sufjan Steven Lots of great new singles this week. One of the highlights for me was of course new Sufjan. Great song, and it’s inspired this week’s Friday Mixtape (the next post…

Music-Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 14/08/2020

Let’s hold on to the positive vibes. Going to do my best to talk about the journey without talking about the teachers or talking the bare minimum about what I’ve been assigned etc w/out extra info. *deleted stuff here. I need to be more discrete. Stuff I’m learning for my first class with Teacher #4….

Tuesday Tonalities 10/08/2020

Ocotillo — Loma Strange Overtones — Whitney Cover of the song by David Byrne & Brian Eno I Want to Change — Nana Adjoa via Gorilla vs Bear. Good stuff! Rooftop Dancing –– Sylvan Esso In Light — Juliana Barwick ft Jonsi Back to the Sky — Ólafur Arnalds, JFDR It’s All So Unbearably Loud…

Monday Mixtape 10/08/2020

Please Don’t Make Me Cry — Lianne La Havas Don’t sleep on either this album or this songstress! Whole New Mess — Angel Olson Anima — Sophia Loizou Gitu’an — Alena Murang Alena Murang has a series of live online performances and talks upcoming if you’re interested in great music by an indigenous musician. Reinvent…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 09/08/2020

Classical Guitar learning has been quite challenging lately. I do have a lot of new books to look at including the Trinity exam book. I think based on my sight-reading and playing for this book I’m squarely a Grade 5, even if I’m shaky on rhythm. For now, updates on what I’ve been learning. Preludium…

Sunday Matinee 09/08/2020

Hello! For Sundays, I thought I’d feature full-length things with some shorter pieces: concerts (not necessarily just classical), ballets, operas etc which are available online. We’ll start with a ballet. Note: for ballets, sometimes the pieces are choreographed dances by notable ballet choreographers set to music. I’ll place the tag (choreography) for people new to…