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Saturday, July 21st, 2012
11:03 pm
Anybody home?
Still making music, going a bit slow
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
11:55 am
looking for a 2-voice piece
Hi there -
can someone recommend a (short) classical piece for two voices, something that's not too difficult for a medium/beginning singer (assuming the person can read music)?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
11:33 pm
Hi there everyone,

I recently finished a little composition. In fact, I started it um... last spring. I'm really glad to have it finished, even though I had hoped it would come out better. It was an unfinished project that was kind of hanging over me. My ultimate project is to finish the music degree (two year certificate) I started a few years ago. I only need to do finish my private lessons & my core music. My second project is to finish an album. I was hoping to use the ambient piece I just finished on it, but I have my doubts now given the sound quality. I finished a song that had been unfinished, and I have two more to finish, one being *very close*, the other still has a mite of a way to go. I wish I was faster/more productive, but ... there are so many things one has to do! (grrr).

I would love to hear what other people are doing, have going on, hope to do etc
Saturday, July 5th, 2008
10:44 pm
Hello Musicians
What's going on with your music?

(my guitar playing has improved a lot lately, I'm really happy about it :)
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
10:31 am
new beginnings
After spending most of my life as a keyboardist (piano, organ, harpsichord) and woodwindist (flute, recorder and various historical squawkers), I have absolutely fallen in love with a totally new instrument: the Celtic Harp. My 81 year-old mother bought one years ago and played it for a while, but the arthritis in her hands has made it impossible for her to continue so she gave it to me at Christmas. Since then, I simply have been unable to keep my hands off of it, and I've gotten reasonably competent on it. I'm even thinking about investing in a medieval or gothic-style harp for playing that repertoire.

It's just thrilling and invigorating to try something new musically and to take to it so naturally! I wonder why I didn't start harping decades ago!
Friday, February 8th, 2008
9:49 pm
Checking in!
Hello Fellow Musicians,

I was just wondering how everybody is doing in thier musical pursuits. I am *one* step closer to my album/ep goal - I now have an amp, of sorts, so I can record my guitar and vocals - ONCE I sort a few things out and get a few of the right cables. Since I still can't get to the recording right away, in the meantime I'm working on eartraining/sightinging with Thomas Tallis' 'If ye love me' - I'm learning all 4 parts, and I can record each part and sing over myself. Its's trickier than it sounds - your timing has to be really exact, so that's good practice. And I'm finishing up my incomplete in Musical Accoustics.

It sounds really busy, doesn't it? don't be fooled!

How about all y'all - what's going on?
Monday, November 12th, 2007
7:36 pm
What do you do?
What kind of musicians are we in the community? Any composers? any adult beginners? What are your current - say, 6 month goals, what are your challenges? Just curious.

I'll start - I would classify myself as a composer rather than a performer, and I am an adult beginner. For my 6-month goal I would like to finish an EP or an album. The challenge here is to find a recording interface for my computer - on the cheap.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
1:22 am
Bon Voyage, Beverly...rip
Such a sad piece of news...what an amazing person and a beautiful voice.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
1:13 am
I've got an audition!
First one in over 20 years, it's with the Winnipeg Philharmonic choir! May 15th. I'm singing a piece from Handel's Theodora. I'm excited and terrified at the same time. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
1:45 pm
Funny tutorial for recorder learning
Hi, friends!
I've written a simple funny book for recorder learning. Even if you don't know notes well, you can use it.
And even you are after 40, you can learn to play a recorder as a hobby.
For a pity, now the book is only in russian. Can somebody translate it into english or check my own translation?
You can download the book from here.

If you like the book, please help me to print it. If it wins in voting, it will be printed free.
Vote for the book here.
Just write "№26, kitchy_witchy" and post comment.
Thank you!!!

If you're interested in notes for recorder, welcome to my archive :)

The cover of the book is under cut
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Sorry for x-posting... It will be very sad to fail in voting, I have no money to publish the book myself :(

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
8:48 pm
Stretching the voice without screeching...
Hi All,
Any tips for a mezzo/alto to hit a high A flat?? Sometimes I hit it wonderfully, and the next time...BLECCH!!! It's pretty well right at the end of my range, so I end up straining quite a bit to hit it...and then not very cleanly. Help??!???
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
8:35 am
Hello Musicians
I just recently finished my little composition. It feels good to finish things, even if they aren't perfect. I'm also getting my scales, still, on guitar. I was working on a major scale, on all 6 strings, now I'm working on a minor (I'm talking about the physical form, not the mode or anything) I practice with my eyes closed (very s l o w l y) I'm keeping in mind the solfege pitches. It's been helping me a lot to create a map in my head of a musical center for the neck - if that makes any sense.

and yeah - I had to stop practicing for a while because of tendonitis, so I'm just really glad to be playing again. I'll have to watch for not overdoing it.

What's going on with everybody here?
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
9:56 am
Hello & check - in
I just wondered how everybody's music is going. I'm on a 3 week break - 1 more week left. I had tendonitis before, I have tried to be firm with myself - I didn't play any guitar for two weeks. But last night I thought I'd try a little practicing. I jammed out on a major scale. I'm working finding the strings with the pick, and finding the right frets with the right finger, and matching the solfa syllable with my intentions ...

my hand hurts a little today, so tonight instead of playing, I'm going to to some interval recognition at this website that I like.

So, I'm wondering, how is everybody's music going? What did you do this week? any accomplisments, small or large? good practice? (or bad..) etc etc etc

Love to hear.
& hope everybody is doing well.
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
9:47 am
I discovered this group thanks to TwistersFlower (hello TF) - I'm an adult beginner. I work mostly on composition & production. (I make music with my computer) I just wanted to say hello.
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
9:51 pm

Fundraiser ends on Nov. 7, 2006.
Items get delivered straight to your door.
Proceeds go to Cascade High School's La Voz choir.
Friday, September 1st, 2006
10:48 am
Thoughts on Hanon???
Please forgive the cross-post but I want as much input as possible.

Years ago in college it was standard to do Hanon exercises...everybody just about did them.  Now years later having recovered from an unrelated wrist injury (car accident) I went through special rehabilitation with a piano professor who promoted healthy, ergonomic playing.  We briefly talking about Hanon and Philipp and he said "When you get home, burn them!"  He wasn't joking.

So, I didn't actually burn them, but I didn't promote them.  Now I'm in a situation with a few advanced students who could benefit from some technique building and I'm wondering what the thought these days is on Hanon and the like.   Perhaps doing the exercises but in a different and ergonomic way is the answer...to be honest, I'm not sure.

What is everyone's experience with Hanon and how do you feel about it nowadays.  Thanks in advance!
Friday, July 14th, 2006
10:41 am
Susan Graham
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to share a CD that I've been playing non-stop for the past two months.  It is by Susan Graham and it is all songs of Ned Rorem.  The fabulous pianist is Malcolm Martineau.  These pieces are wonderful settings of luscious poetry from the likes of Walt Whitman, Roethke, Tennyson, Gertrude Stein, etc.  I highly recommend this CD to anyone.  Her voice is truly beautiful and technically inspirational!  The name is simply "Songs of Ned Rorem."
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
9:23 pm
Wanna hear something freaky?
I was reading on NFCS and someone was posting about arias for high soprano that were new and interesting. This naturally drew my attention and when someone mentioned a particular aria, I had to check it out. Found the composer's site. Opera about the Elephant Man. My interest was the air for the coloratura, but listen twisters, the role of the Elephant man was originally for a mezzo. Don't know if you are interested in that kind of thing, and I didn't listen to anything but the coloratura, but what the heck, always interesting to listen to something new. Anyway the coloratura's aria a freak show, and thought you all might want a listen. Yeee ha!
FYI they tell me that's a high g at the end.

Saturday, May 20th, 2006
6:11 pm
Update to audition post
Two days ago, I got the "comments" and the notification of the results of my audition, the one that I tanked a few weeks ago, because I was ill. I was ill - the comments reflect that, though in a very interesting way. (These are rather interesting auditions - more on them if asked/needed).

Much to my surprise, I'm going to the "select auditions," with very high scores. I'm not quite sure what to think about this, but I'll take it. I guess this 44-year-old has a few good notes left.
Monday, May 8th, 2006
6:25 pm
Greetings and thank you Dadi for making this group of specific-age musicians!

Basically, the lowdown is this: I'm working as an alto section leader in three choruses (one symphonic, one Episcopal, and one synagogue) and also as a piano teacher. Was a piano major in college (which I started late in as well) but always sang in choirs. As of one year ago, I started to study voice with a retired college professor from Chicago who is just phenomenal. I'm finally getting up the nerve at 40 to start doing solo/duet work. It is in there and it is coming out (my voice) but letting go of fear and insecurity has held me back...until now! I've been really lucky that I've been able to do music as a job but now I'm crossing over to a place that a lot of choir directors do not want...vibratoland. So, as I cultivate my natural voice, I'm learning how to toggle back and forth and not wince when the director yells "NON-VIBRATO" and just try to deal and do my job and try not to lose my job!...hehehehe

As an aside, went to a recital of a man who started to study voice classically at age 50 and just three years later has really made some wonderful changes in his voice. I was very inspired by him and know that life truly DOES start at 40. Oh, and get this...his encore: Alice Cooper's "School's Out" in Italian. His wonderful accompanist starts vamping rock and roll and when I hear about the first three measures I'm thinking...No..can't be! Sure enough, his Italian friend translated it and he did it in an operatic style. All of the really older people and the really younger people didn't get it. But, us middle agers did and we were howling with hysterics! It was great and quite clever!

Nice to meet you all...
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