Play-along midi files for Natalia from Natal have been added to the Guitar Group Midis Page (scroll down till you see East Lothian Showcase).
These words from psychologist William James (brother of The Turn of the Screw author, Henry James) got me thinking about the importance of embodying good habits and avoiding bad ones when learning instruments:
”Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”
This quote came from an article on one of my favourite websites, Brainpickings. You can read the full article here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/25/william-james-on-habit/
Do you ever feel uncertain of grammar or punctuation when writing reports? This is not a thing which can be fixed overnight but perhaps subscribing to a site like Daily Writing Tips might be a help. I’ve received a daily email update from them for quite a while now and, quite frequently, things come up about which I’ve been uncertain for years. The email subscription link is at the top right of their homepage.
Here’s a link to all their grammatical matters
and, like, finally – here’s one for our times….
I recently took part in some interesting research in that intriguing Venn diagram intersection of music/language/psychology.
I’m going along to The Child’s Curriculum on Saturday, hosted by Edinburgh University’s Institute for Music in Human and Social Develpment.Hosted in Queen Street’s Royal College of Surgeons‘ buildings,speakers include Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop, Professor Leena Alanen, Galina Doyla, Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Kenny Spence, Professor Nigel Osborne, Tam Baillie, Professor Donald Christie, Joan Martlew.
I’ll post any intersting outcomes here later…
Those studying composing/arranging and listening in SQA Music exams pretty soon come upon variation form. If you’re lucky enough to have an iPhone or iPad you can download a free app containing a recording by Kimiko Ishizaka along with a score (with moving cursor) of one of the best sets of variations of all time, Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
You can get the iPhone app here http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org/soundsnips-free-iphone-app-featuring-open-goldberg-variations
and the iPad version here:
Well done and many thanks to all the members of the East Lothian Guitar Ensemble – one of six ensembles to take part in last night’s excellent Showcase Concert. It was a full house in a newly vamped Brunton Hall. even although we had a ‘hard hat tour’ at an In Service in August, the place was barely recognisable – what a transformation. For those who haven’t seen the place, let me attach a few pictures:
Honest debate impels me to include points of view which do not match my own. In this regard here is an article in which it it stated that parents who invest in music lessons for their children, in the hope of improved academic ability, are wasting their money. Whether or not you agree with this does not change the fact that having instrumental lessons, not through love of music, but in the hope of improving other abilities does seem an odd approach – why not just study harder?
This fun video considers the elements of space and time in music – no specialist knowledge required to understand it:
We have a date for this year’s Trinity Guildhall guitar exams – Tue 19 Mar – times to be confirmed. See Dates for Your Diary page for more details and map.