Practice

As The Slat Rat duly noted, I recently resumed posting after at least a month of nothing, and sort of light posting this year in general.

Part of the hiatus was due to the conversion process of this thing from my homegrown PHP/MySQL contraption to the ever-popular WordPress, a process that continues bit by bit as time allows. But probably a bigger factor was that I was practicing classical guitar every night instead of dicking around with my computer and studying geek books. I do that all day at work, so I think I just got fried doing it at home too, and needed to do something else. I have a master’s in classical music perf. for chrisssakes ��� sometimes I wonder what the hell I’m doing with the web stuff… 😉

What I’ve been practicing is Bach lute pieces, particularly the suite in E minor BWV 996 in it’s entirety, the prelude from the E major suite BWV 1006, and the fugue BWV 1000. And maybe some sightreading and a few √�tudes here and there.

I have not been practicing any flamenco. This guitar I acquired doesn’t have the right sound. I think of flamenco guitars as being best with a bit of a raspy, burly, and almost metallic sound, but this guitar has a pure and ringing tone that just doesn’t seem to resonate with the rasgueados. But it sounds damn gorgeous for the Bach. Maybe if I try some different strings though…

I also have not been practicing any double bass, save for my Thursday night rehearsals with the orchestra. But I’ve been thinking about practicing more double bass. Heh.. yeah that’s the ticket…

Last autumn I was playing quite a bit ��� again with the Bach; cello suite no.3, and some chamber music excerpts here and there like for Dvo≈�√�k, Prokofiev, and Schubert quintets.

God I love the Dvo≈�√�k… What a great piece. My good friend Shinji handed me a copy of his published transcription of the missing Intermezzo movement from this quintet, which was removed and reworked by Dvo≈�√�k into his Serenade for Strings Op.44. I think it sounds good with that movement left in to the quintet – gives it balance, and gives me more chamber music to play…

Well enough of this post. It’s time to go practice some more. 🙂