Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 25/10/2020

Been in a bit of music-learning slump. Haven’t been able to practice as much as I wanted because am catching up on my coursework and various deadlines. Recording videos for class, grappling with the online teaching content management systems which keep crashing on me etc. Still! Managed to get some things done. I swear, some…

Sunday Matinee (Flamenco Edition) 25/10/2020

I’m a huge fan of Tony Gatlif movies and Vengo is one the best, I think. So tragic, so beautiful. This movie also introduced me to the music of Tomatito. (there’s another clip I wanted to share but it has the G-word in the title so. Best if you guys just try to find the…

Friday Night Mixtape 23/10/2020

Well well well, it’s Friday again, the day in which I do a more eclectic mixtape. I like to drop my Friday Night Mixtapes early! The End of The World (cover) — Sharon Van Etten Oh, I don’t know why this song is earworming me. Honestly! 🙄 But it’s inspired this mixtape! One More Kiss,…

Music Learning Notes (Music Theory and Composition) 20/10/2020

I did it! I did it! I FINALLY PASSED THE WEEK FOUR QUIZ ON THE UNI OF EDINBURGH MUSIC THEORY MOOC! Ahhh. I had to make charts for the alto and tenor clef, figure out their notation, figure out THEIR Circle of Fifths, work out the different position for major and minor keys (for bass…

Music Learning Notes (Makrokosmos) 20/10/2020

I decided I needed an extra Music Learning Notes category, something that is more general and can be used as a summation in a “this week in music-learning” and where I am in my journey, kind of way. I was going to just have it be “General” but that’s so prosaic and unromantic and unprofound!…

Monday Mixtape 19/10/2020

Camille — Ana Roxanne Comfort, Edge — Helena Deland Nothing Much Has Changed, I Don’t Feel The Same — Daniela Andrade Let Go — Sharon Van Etten Montana — Slow Pulp Love’s Refrain — Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Sunday Matinee 18/10/2020

Been awhile since I did these. We’re in a lockdown in my state and with the terrifying rise in COVID cases, I’m not going out anywhere apart from removing my stitches in a few days time. Time to watch the ballet. Today’s collection of ballets is inspired by the Royal Ballet’s gala at the Royal…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 17/10/2020

Well, I’m eschewing social media for the rest of the month (hopefully longer, too much to do and I’m wasting so much time. On the other hand, it does help me feel less isolated, hmm), so I’m going to be babbling more about my music-learning here, I suppose. These thoughts and feels have to go…

Music Learning Notes (Music Theory and Composition) 17/10/2020

The next few weeks will be interesting as I’ll be getting both piano and CG lessons with different degrees of theory being learned at both Grade 5 (for CG) and Grade 1 (for piano). The funny thing about all this is that I started learning music theory at the age of 12. But there’s a…

Saturday Soiree 17/10/2020

Leysh Nat’Arak — Natacha Atlas Re-listening to some old favourites. I was big enough a fan of Natacha Atlas that I hopped on a plane from Brisbane to Adelaide to watch her live during the years when I was doing the WOMAD thing every year. (the feature picture is one of the shots I took)….

Friday Night Mixtape 16/10/2020

Not quite Friday night, but in preparation for it. One of my favourite “medicinal” personal playlists, with a balance of energies (some additions, some subtractions and obvs I couldn’t include everything). A restorative for me. Hopefully a restorative for whomever needs one. One must needs recalibrate every now and then so the good work can…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 15/10/2020

Well, I made so much progress in the past two days, I suppose I have to write a post! Discovered that I could play pieces in the Grade 1 TCL book. Am now working on Reinagle’s Minuet from there. I have played it with enthusiasm so many times that I have started memorizing it. Am…