Every now and then when you’re playing Debussy over and over (and liking it), doing the Leopold Mozart trick with yourself to inch up the metronome, you need to cleanse your palate:
You Gotta Believe
It’s like the Italian trick of eating a slice of orange with a titch of olive oil and black pepper sprinkled over it between courses. It just refreshes.
And you know, I continue to be shocked at the effectiveness of the Mozart trick. I use two little ceramic dishes (which I bought in a San Diego antique store as “personal ashtrays for dinner guests,” which tells you about when they were made) and ten pennies instead of dried peas, but the way this whole trick forces me to focus is always a revelation for me.
I should just always do it, instead of doing it, having an epiphany about how great it is, stopping doing it, and then being re-shocked every few years when I haul out the ashtrays and pennies again to work over a sticky spot. Just keep doing it, woman. Hopefully, the fact that I am taking lessons and have an esteemed someone for whom I am expected to improve will help the “peas+metronome” epiphany stick for good this time.
Cose di musica — l’arpa, con Floraleda Sacchi
The first piece, by Philip Glass, is amazingly beautiful and simple. It also sounds like there’s no accidentals … I may have to investigate, even if it’s beyond me now.
Oh, well. This one will have to be on the piano, or wait until I can manage a harp that can modulate more easily. In the meantime, this piece of music is celestial:
[ Sheet Music at IMSLP ]
Update: Unless I … oh, maybe … want to try dropping it a half-step. O:-) I usually remember everything in the universe a half-step flat anyhow.
He’s sort of the Tommy Jarrell of the arpa viggianese
He’s a little loosey-goosey with his tuning. 🙂
I’ve got to work on transcribing some of these.
Ciaramedda, Zampogna, Tamburello, and Organetto — no harp, though.
And another band with harp
Imagine those dotted rhythms on harp and you’ll get an idea of why I’m still playing Chopin and not a tarantella. Ai yi yi …
Some of this I’ve discovered already:
- playing the A-C# in “Bleak Midwinter” and then placing on the C# again to quiet it
- using the back of the knuckle to muffle things that you don’t want to buzz against
but in general this Josh Layne video on muffling in detail is a nice look at the various ways to make your Chiacchierone pipe down a bit in places. 🙂
In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. by me)
A few blips and one major instance of forgetfulness, but otherwise not bad at all. There are a few challenging bits in this for me, but overall it’s doable, and I should have it in decent shape in a few days or so. Very happy with it! 🙂
I’ve also noticed that indeed the only time I collapse the third finger knuckle is when the fourth is placed with it, and well … so be it.
After I get it in good shape, I want to then return to “Vaga Luna” and make sure it hasn’t unraveled completely. I don’t want to be able to play only whatever is top of the stack at the moment.
Next up, I will learn at least one leisurely tarantella if it kills me, and it may. “Tu scendi” or die trying.