A lot of hard work on just a few small sections of the music, going over and over those triplets, working with the dreaded metronome (it never keeps in time with me properly, must be faulty). Continue reading “Half Speed Khachaturian”
A sample of the new piece I am trying to learn. I should have known that Khachaturian wouldn’t write something easy!
Those 9s mean playing 3 triplets or 9 notes in the space of one beat (I think) …er right…who’s idea was it to play this?
This may take a while!
My clever teacher was able to fix Squeak, had to take one of the keys off and bend it slighty, still needs a service but she is working. Got some new music and all inspired to work hard at it …..then I got flu. Continue reading “Squeak fixed, Karen sick”
Squeak the clarinet is sick. I was playing my pieces, thinking it wasn’t going too badly and my teacher will be pleased this week. Then is started to sound very bad. First rule of learning an instrument is blame your equipment. Gave Squeak a hard stare. Fiddled with the reed, tried different reed. No good. On closer inspection I found one of the keys isn’t closing properly. So if I can find a spare finger to hold that key down…hmm not enough fingers. “Siobhan can you hold this key down until I say release” . Well that worked…. sort of. I can see getting through the Weber Grand Duo like that is going to be tricky. Tried adjusting the tiny screws but think Squeak need professional help. Poor Squeak.
Some years after taking up the clarinet as an adult I am still persevering. Terrorising the neighbours & local wildlife with the strange sounds emitted from the bedroom (I’m just practising clarinet – honest). Continue reading “Clarinet lesson update”
Survived 3 weeks in a campervan with my family!
Trip to New Zealand in the planning stages. Motorhome from Auckland in the North to Christchurch in the South. Hobbiton and Milford Sound are on the “Must See” list.
I just want to see Mountains….
Setting up a blog to use on my travels (hopefully). First will be the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra tour of Northern Italy.