May 29, 2014

It's Not Like a Bike At All

With no one in the house to disturb, I've started practicing the piano again for the first time in 15 or 20 years. The first obstacle to overcome was the lack of any sheet music, but I scrounged up an old hymnal. My first indication of how daunting the task ahead of me is was wasting a moment remembering what the squigglypoo and the backwards C were called. Upon starting to play beat upon keys I realized that my basic hand coordination had atrophied BADLY. I've got a lot of work to do.

I used to be decent at this, but, it appears that playing Senbonzakura is rather a bit farther off that I had hoped.





Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:31 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I played piano when I was a lad of 10 or so. Hated it. But of course I never was very good at it.
BTW, have you watched Nodame?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu May 29 17:57:03 2014 (RqRa5)

2 "...what the squigglypoo and the backwards C were called."

Are you talking about tenor and bass clefs?

Order of sharps:
Five Cats Got Drunk At Eddy's Bar

I don't remember the mnemonics for the order of flats, BEADGCF, but it was more perverted.

Posted by: topmaker at Thu May 29 21:20:59 2014 (2yZsg)

3 Apropos that... You should go forth and rival Josh A. Garrago.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu May 29 23:52:13 2014 (RqRa5)

4 If you're interested in mixing hobbies, ichigos.com might be of interest to you.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at Fri May 30 07:27:24 2014 (b4Q61)

5  Are you talking about tenor and bass clefs?
 

Oh dear. Clefs yes, but I thought they were Treble and Bass. 
Oh well.... 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri May 30 09:02:14 2014 (DnAJl)

6 Are there other Clefs?

Posted by: Mauser at Sat May 31 15:47:16 2014 (TJ7ih)

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 Are there other Clefs?   [/quote]
Alto and Tenor, as well as Baritone and there are a couple of Soprano clefs too, but I know next to nothing of them. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat May 31 16:22:02 2014 (DnAJl)

8 "..but I thought they were Treble and Bass. "

Yeah, I think you are right. Music Theory was my favorite class in high School, but then well tempered tuning came out and scotched the whole medium.

The clef used depends on both the range and the tuning of the instrument. The idea was you wanted the most common used pitches in the easiest to read area of the chart.

I could never figure out why some instruments would switch the scale though. A Bb flute would note a Bb as a C? Why?

Anyway, it is a relatively minor issue. a? Ahh, C.

Posted by: topmaker at Sat May 31 20:28:01 2014 (2yZsg)

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