Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Now in Beta
The Blogger/Blogger-Beta world has been wobbly lately. Yesterday it wouldn't let me post any comments in a Beta blog using my (non-Beta) Blogger ID. That was getting frustrating so I went into their FAQ section to find out what was going on. Then before I knew it, I had ended up switching over to Beta. They are now warning that the switchover will become mandatory very soon anyway. I really couldn't figure out why I had been so reluctant to do it. Actually, it was easy - it took me only three or four screens (since I already had a gmail account) and then it cranked internally for about 10 minutes and sent an email telling me I was now converted. So now I'm in beta.
Friday's recital is coming up fast! :0
I'm going to be ready. I've been playing through our one piece a bit faster than we've been doing it in rehearsal, and I've sorted out my counting issues. I'm not happy yet with my G# extensions - I've been tending to intonate these a little too sharp. That's my practice goal for these next two days.
I've only tinkered a bit with the new electrocello. Superstition, maybe, but I want to focus on the recital. Saturday morning, I will start alternating my practice sessions for a while to see how it goes. The reverb settings sure make it interesting, as do the headphones.
Although I currently don't have any neighbors close enough to hear even my loudest playing, I have always been super-sensitive to others being forced to listen to my inept attempts to learn music. My attempt to (re)learn the clarinet at age 24 ended abruptly when I realized I was annoying my neighbor who would hyper-patiently close his window - just across the narrow gap between our apartments - every time I started warming up. I just couldn't play unselfconsciously after that and sold the clarinet. Someday I hope to be able to play the cello much less self-consciously, but that's a long way off.
Good luck with that G# extension. I'm going to work my brain here and guess that the piece is in A major?
It's supposedly in D-Major, but about half of the Gs are played G#. It's a medley of 18 christmas carols in 72 measures, jumping around several times from 4/4 to 3/4 to 2/4 etc.
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