Friday, April 20, 2007
Now, all of a sudden, Mooney's Position Pieces presents some songs that use diamond-shaped notes. Harmonics! I've done some experimenting with harmonics for some time, so I knew how to play them - more or less. Although producing pure, clean sounds is a challenge.
But my hard-won see/feel/hear connection no longer works, here. While these diamond-notes are still fingered the same, they no longer sound the same. Until now, I've used the score to help memorize the sound of the piece as I memorize the fingering. But with harmonics, the locations of the diamond notes on the staff no longer matches their relative sounds - at least using my non-harmonic frame of reference. This has added a new wrinkle to my memorizing process. Even though I "know" that the harmonic for the "G" (on the d-string) is higher than the harmonic at the "A" (on the d-string) it still surprises me when I play it from the score and the relative interval is opposite to what I "expected" to hear.
I do like the "new" sounds.
But what else am I going to have to unlearn?
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