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…

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…