Monday Mixtape 28/09/2020

Hello from the land of the invalid. While I’m waiting for my rice to cook, I thought I’d post some of the new releases I’m excited about. Forms of Light and Death by Kaki King Kaki King has been one of my guitar heroes since around 2007 when a combination of serendipity (that moment when…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 28/09/2020

I had two days of rest from classical guitar, mostly because I injured my toe badly on Friday and the pain was so acute nothing was possible. I feared a fracture. It was so bad I was whimpering and crying for most of the night and by Saturday morning had to get off my usual…

Thursday Mixtape 24/09/2020

Bloom — Gabriel Garzon-Montano Moonlight — Future Islands Straws in the Wind — King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard One More Second — Matt Berninger The featured image of Matt Berninger (2019) is by Andy Witchger and is licensed under the ¬†Creative Commons¬†Attribution 2.0 Generic¬†license. Sourced from wikimedia commons.

Music Learning Notes (Music Theory and Composition) 20/09/2020

I decided this needed its own category. I’m really sleepy but just wanted to note that tonight, I finally got the courage to start rendering down in notation (in pencil so I could erase the mistakes) one of my “compositions”. For years, I’ve basically prevaricated on whether I actually had the right to call myself…

Tuesday Tonalities 15/10/2020

Alles in Allem — Einsturzende Neubaten The North Wind — Faten Kanaan Someone New — Helena Deland Anything –– Adrienne Lenker Waving, Smiling — Angel Olsen

Music-Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 14/09/2020

*blinks sleepily at the world* I should be in bed because I am super, SUPER sleepy but I have a second load of washing still in the washing machine. Should be entering the spin cycle soon, so I might as well update this blog. The irony is that I have been practising so much, I…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 03/09/2020

It’s been quite a week! A lot of bewilderingly good things happening but I’ve also been run off my feet chasing deadlines. Despite all that, I’ve managed to consistently do over an hour of CG practice a day and it’s given me good results. I am a bit lax/imperfect on a couple of things I…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 01/09/2020

Last week I took three days off from the piano to focus on classical guitar, and for the other days I was only playing 15-30 minutes a day. I seemed to be getting steadily better, however. I suspect it is because I was really focusing on targeted practice, working on the different bars carefully. Muscle…