Thursday, December 23, 2010

The new strings feel amazing! Smooth surfaces, even tension, lighter tension. No more slicing of the thumb on harmonics.

I spent 3 hours replacing 75% of the strings, and that's not including the multiple tunings.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Used a BIG chunk of change to order strings. Now I just need to find 4 consecutive hours to restring this bad boy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Trying to stick to my list, in order, therefore worked on:

Passacaille: first and last measure (on 2nd page) to ♪=144

Danses: Gavotte, Siciliana, Tango, Rumba - worked on problem spots two up one down.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Exactly what I was looking for: a table listing songs that start with different ascending and descending intervals!

The three that I'd been using - perfect 4th: Auld Lang Syne, perfect 5th: Star Wars, and major 6th: NBC jingle - were helpful only for ascending and only for those three.

Thanks, Footprints, whoever you are.

OR! You can make your own!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rumba - quickness in getting to chords.

Passacaille - More speed in more sections

Friday, November 26, 2010

Exercises.

Working Passacaille up to ♩=69. Or ♪ =140, whichever comes first.

Rumba is almost playable at ♬=80.

I seem to be no longer able to play Clementi. I do not understand. It should be in my muscle memory from college. My fingers just collapse and flop all over the place. :(

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Starting around 6:50, this made me giggle uncontrollably.

Note in the list of adjectives, "brown-noise" is not included.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Made a note in class today to look into getting a copy of "The Art of Modulating: for Harpists, Pianist, and Organists" by Carlos Salzedo & Lucile Lawrence. Because we're learning modulation! I was not aware that instigating a key change with a chord change was called modulating.

I have the book. I seem to remember being told by someone years ago to get it as it is a useful reference to have. Well, it's a useful reference if you know what modulating means.

Now that I do, the final discussion of constructing glissandi is SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING. There are two kinds: harmonic and melodic. Melodic is not discussed because they are 'the domain of composition and are unlimited in number, but,[...] they have no modulating value' and now I'm curious about those.

BUT harmonic glisses are constructed on dominant 7th and 9th chords, major tonic triads with added 2nd and 6th, diminished 7th chords, and whole tone scales. Thus facilitating key and/or chord changes. Delicious!

Practice notes: still making lots of progress on Passacaille, goal of =144
Practicing goes better if I do not also do all my upper body PT exercises in the morning.
**Find another time to do them.**

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Worked on Passacaille up two down one, arms got shaky. Tried to move on to Rumba, but got discouraged.

Managed to complete melody writing assignment. Things are starting to click in to place, but this is something that takes practice and continual practice, at that.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blogger is so effing slow!

Tried to write music, I think I need to try something simpler.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Smashed my knuckles while tuning. Bandaid was distracting. You'd think after *mumble* years I would have figured out how to tune safely.

Two up one down does work, so keep using it! Except I'm overcoming a LOT of muscle memory in Rumba. Work on smooth transitions between phrases.

Today is a day I wish I could have played 3 hours or more. :(

Friday, November 12, 2010

Up one down two seems to work well except when my brains fall out of my ears.

Exercised (didn't overdo it, yay), started Rumba, continued Gavotte, played Zarabanda.

Counting helps breathing.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Exercises made for shaky arms, but fingers warmed up. Too shaky to get any noticeable work done. Still working on chord + octave jump in Gavotte.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gavotte felt much more comfortable in my hands, but only had 30 min to play, so not sure if I can play it up to speed.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Music theory homework - changing from dominant 7ths to a different key is interesting.

Played a little of Tango, Gavotte, Clementi stuff (still not interested), and Donkeys.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Need to practice hand position and placing in Gavotte. Almost blister stopped playing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scrapped the classical, can't seem to deal with it.

Polishing Gavotte.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Heater acquired, calibrating mostly completed, ideal harp-playing temperature achieved.

Feeling like I need a vacation from everything; played through Donkeys, Six Pieces, looked at Dances.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

No practicing today; it is just too cold without a heater. So I guess getting one is the goal for tomorrow. Not that I need to spend time studying or anything.

I'm also having problems with dominant 7ths. We were analyzing a song in theory and one of the markings was D7. Everyone seemed to know that's a G chord. wtf. It's clearly marked as a D. I asked for clarification and am still completely confused. And a C7 is actually an F chord? Because it's a dominant 7th it's automatically a V (dominant) chord? If that's so, is there an even more confusing way it could be written? And why did some people automatically know this?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Counting while playing takes practice. It's also a really good way to remember to breathe.

Need to work on cleaning up #2 (scales and placing) and working problem spots in #3.

Monday, October 25, 2010

PLayed: moved on to next Clementi.

Must get a new heater soon, cold hands do not make for easy playing.

And finally a cheesy sounding harp version of something I wrote for class:



Which google will apparently let no one see, including me. Whatever, it's late, I don't have time to play with this.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I spent a good part of the morning cleaning up a couple stacks of music that have been sitting around since last *cough*October*cough*. I got all the floating pieces of paper back in their sleeves and binders, so you could say I spent the morning arranging music, haha. Now I can at least see part of the surface of my extra harp bench. And I found a post-it with "Harp Sonata op. 68 (1943)" written on it, which I figured out must be this:


But I'm not sure why the note to myself because upon hearing it, I don't see it as something I'd particularly want to learn. Or particularly like. Hrm.

Practiced: Posture and breathing (getting better).
Played: Some of the music I arranged this morning.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Things worked on: Exercises, posture, variations.
Things played through: Clementi. Passacaille by "Haendel" (that's what I was comparing my variations to; it's simplistically brilliant)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Played more Sonatinas - Bach, Beethoven, Dussek, Hayden (bleh). Worked on difficult section in 3rd movement with ƒz and scale again, and am getting a blister, which seems to be under a slightly more substantial callus.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs

So I had no idea this was playable on the harp:


Had time to play through some Clementi. I think I'm going to brush up a couple other Sonatinas for backup.

Breathing makes for better playing. And brain function.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Got out some old "theme and variations" pieces because my interest was piqued in class today.

This video features the lovely Catrin Finch playing harmonics. Watch until 2:36 (but the whole video is good):


Then take a look at the first measure of Bach's Prelude in D for Cello:

Specifically the first three notes. :)

Played lots of exercises, more than was absolutely necessary. But they are necessary.

Worked on more spots in 3rd movement. I had some scales starting out with 1 2 4, and I'm not sure why, but it's equally as difficult either way. So I guess I'm relearning it with 1 2 3.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Voice warm-up.

(Mirage) scrunching rt fingers. Good bicep workout.

(Flight) will need to drill in sets of 16th notes.

Clementi need to identify problem spots in third movement and work on those, waste of time to work on whole thing.

make performance list vs. recording list

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tried to play, serious concentration problems. Looked at arpeggio etude, not enough room in higher register for my hand, have to bend fingers at first knuckle instead of second. Wrote 1st inversion harmony to melody. Finished more chord identifications.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Feeling like crap, and behind on homework, so no practicing. But did get fun new music today. Sleepy Time by J.E. Ivey, which is a lovely piece, however a little short. I'd like to arrange it, or add to it, so it's a more robust piece.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Finished 1st mouvement, started on 3rd. Working on music homework which involves identifying major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords.

Taking a break, though, and listening to a wonderful podcast from NPR. And unintentionally turning my printer on with my knitting needles.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Gave fingers and back (and metabolism) a rest, but not my brain! Wrote 4 8-bar melodies at harp today. Writing music is hard.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Lots more done on Clementi. Just one more line and I'll have the first movement done. I like this whole more-practice-time thing. It doesn't matter that my arms are completely tired and next to useless now. I don't have to lift them for anything else today. Really.

And from my heightened awareness inspired by my class, I realized the first movement changes from G to D (circle of fifths!) quite smoothly, and the beginning melody line is simply the 1st and 2nd inversions of a G major chord. Pretty sneaky. And I wish I could do that! And I'm assuming I will at some point in the future.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keep working two measures at a time. Then go back and brush up trouble spots. ~1.5 hours today, maybe take more stretch breaks. Or any.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

This evening, after over 15 years of playing the piece I'm now polishing, I just noticed, for the first time, a C♯. WTF! Where did that come from?!? It changes the whole sound of the passage!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Broke Clementi down into two measure chunks. We'll see today if that worked. Remember to breathe! Focus on getting scales even and full use of fingers.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Uurrrrgh. Did not feel like playing. Too tired. Exercises. Decided to transpose Cloches to A♭ and worked on that a little.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vocal exercises, a bit excruciating to listen to and perform.

Played through Clementi.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Only had time for strengthening exercises as I had to finish my homework!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Picked a classical piece (probably again). Need to work on speed and dynamics, probably in 2 measure increments. Practice dampening D octave and getting back on beginning G chord quickly - maybe the octave needs to be played open?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Trying to pick a classical piece. I think I'll go with the one that doesn't hurt to play.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Worked on homework (!)(music homework is awesome homework to have, btw) singing solfège to three simple tunes, then transposing them to a different key. Movable d'oh!

Playing Notturno, working on problem spots and trying to get nice phrasing with melody in thumbs, is apparently bad for my bad tendons. I will lay off that and work on other things.

Then played through more pieces in Solos, ending with a really relaxing run through of Zarabanda.

Life is good. :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tried to do detail work on Zarabanda, but just ended up playing through most of Solos for the Harp Player.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Finally found a version of Zarabanda.

My hands never really warmed up today. I guess it really is fall. *sigh* I took several passes on all fingers of Lariviere.

Then worked on chords and cleaning up Zarabanda.

Tried to play Notturno at speed. Bit of a mind-twister as the marking is quarter instead of eighths. I could just multiply it by two, though, duh.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Azure Blue by Laika & The Cosmonauts from The Amazing Colossal Band.

Here Comes the Flood by Peter Gabriel, version on hard drive.

Night Prayers located: harp/Night Prayers.txt

Les Cloches du Monastere Op.54a by V. Lefébure-Wély arranged in style of Music Box Xmas.

Various melodies arranged in 17th, 18th, 19th century styles.

Street of Crocodiles.

Avengers/Doctor Who/BBC sound library from the 60s.

How the heck to play the sƒz in Zarabanda.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Read through some of the list stuff. Can't wait to start work on them!

Re-modded modified list

Here's the list just in order. I will be working on these with my new schedule so they do not have months attached since I do not know how much time each will require.

1: Zarabanda - Turina : Done-ish. Sort of.
2: Notturno - Resphigi : Done-ish.
3: (flight) - Salzedo : uuuurggh
4: Classical - Clementi : possibly ouchy
5: Images - Tournier
6: Danses - Salzedo
7: Six Pieces - Renie
8: Etudes - Bochsa
9: prelude intimes - Chanson? - Salzedo

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

All my harp strings are now back in the right place. Nameless exercises and Bochsa.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Someone moved all my harp strings down my harp one step. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lariviere and Conditioning. Tried to start learning IV in Poetical studies by doing one line per page to see if that would keep my interest. It didn't. What's going on with my motivation?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Still not in the mood to play anything, but did some good exercise work with Lariviere and Conditioning. Stretching feels good!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Conditioning Exercises led into Tiersen. More than I wanted but felt good.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Finished reading through O'Carolan. What to do next? Not sure, can't think, too hot.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Got some music in the mail (yay!) so played a few O'Carolan tunes before my neck/head ache screamed at me to stop.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Not really feeling like playing, but did a little anyway. Not feeling motivated? Inspired?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Itchy cranky swelly. I hope this is the last hot spell for a while. Hard to hold hand position when hands are swollen.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Played various stuff, more Satie (better this evening, and even tried to pay attention to dynamics and directions - "with surprise"? Not sure what that's supposed to sound like.) Still paying attention to hands and that seems to be a good thing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Played slow stuff tonight to keep relaxing jaw. I managed to blunder my way through Medieval to Modern and completely murder Satie, but I was paying attention to my hands!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Played instead of practiced. But concentrated on hand positions as I realized I've been lazy about that lately.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Split Donkeys into small sections of 2-4 meas. Requires more concentration than I think.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Playing (flight) in sections of 4 16th notes, both hands. Great one click before goal tempo, at goal tempo, kablooey.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Detail work on lt and rt hand (Flight) bottom pg 2. Need to practice matching them up.

Friday, August 13, 2010

More read through of Tiersen to boost confidence. Easier to play completely opposite things in opposite hands. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Checked out Yann Tiersen's v.2 to read through (again) and take a break from detail work I feel is getting me nowhere. The last time I checked it out, I could barely play any of the pieces and stopped after the first few measures. Tonight I could play them with barely any problem. Nice to know I'm still improving and that that's possible.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Probably have to keep up detail work on (Flight) until even playing is habit. Maybe 2 wks? 30 days? How long does it take to form good habits vs. bad? Also, my harp does not have enough room for my hand in higher registers, which is causing my hand to bounce of soundboard and miss notes. >:|

Donkeys is ok until I start working on it. I just do NOT want to play the higher chords in the rt hand, what is going on?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sat back the past couple days and listened to someone else play the harp for a change. Joanna Newsom was spectacular and I feel lucky I was able to go both nights.

Also chewed my cuticles (bad!) and played much less tonight due to swollen and painful finger.

AAAAND helped a friend who locked herself out back into her place by taking her front door off its hinges, which cut into my practice time. A girl's gotta help her friends, though, ya know? Priorities!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Took an unexpected nap that cut into practice time which left me groggy enough that I walked full tilt into my sewing table afterward, leading with my hand. I cannot type with the ice pack balanced on my hand.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Brain is clogged. Detail work on (Flight) was going fine, then fell apart.

Tournier was undoable.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

More detail work on (Flight) seems to be helping.

Lt hand on Donkeys is falling apart. Why, also, can I not remember the higher rt hand chords?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Detail work on (Flight) 2nd page. Need to do this several times so that clean playing becomes habit, not the fast sloppy current habit.

Donkeys slowly getting better. Keep working up to ♩=108.

Read a little of (Poem)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Still working on (Flight) to =104. It's becoming memorized, but at the slower speed.

Donkeys fell apart, but the memorization is coming back to me quickly. Didn't realized I had memorized it.

Poem looks like another good one, left hand is already getting used to tricky interval changes.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Played through various things I've never learned, trying to remind myself of my goals. Not sure it worked.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Played various things. Lt 3rd finger may or may not have cyst in knuckle, yay something else that hurts. It just recently started hurting when I play. Waiting to hear about x-rays. Didn't feel like targeting any specific work today.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Urghhh... Too hot. Hands swollen along with the rest of me. And so tired. My rt thumb tendon really achy today, I think from sewing a sweater together. :(

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reading "Outliers" by what's-'s-butt...Malcolm Gladwell. Very thought-provoking. I find the observation that the most "talented" people are the ones that have put in 10000 hours worth of work completely believable. It meshes with my feeling that I need to be playing 3-6 hours a day. However, I also believe I'm past any shot at greatness. But I do want to be much, much better than I am.

Started with Lariviere to warm up.

(Flight) and almost got 2nd pg 1st 2 lines to 104, to work rt hand.

Les Anesses Grises almost getting it to 108 (AS MARKED!!!), to work lt hand.

Friday, July 23, 2010

15 minutes of Les Anesses Grises, I think this won't be too difficult to work up (except for the first page!) and it's a good break for (Flight).
Continue trying to get (Flight) all at 104.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Looked over goals, worked on Les Anesses grises based on original idea. My muscles need to be so much stronger. Hopefully, I'll have more time in the near future to build them up. Getting excited!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Left hand needs to be faster. Both hands need to be faster and even. Practice fingers 1-4 of scales separately and extremely quickly.

A9... mmmm...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hit my other hand in the same spot, but had to do it twice just to make sure. It's surprisingly bruised--for once--but doesn't show up in photos, so I have no proof. THIS IS WHY I HAVE PROBLEMS PLAYING THE HARP.

Rt thumb still doing twisty things on high scales. Stopped when I focused, but still not sure what I'm doing when I'm not concentrating on it.

That is all.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rt wrist still wants to twist to help thumb. Rt tendon now hurts. 40 min.

Goals?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

15 minutes: ran into the corner of my sewing table with my hand. I think I hit a tendon. Here we go again.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tried to practice but too tired to overcome the tiredness and having to wear earplugs when practicing.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lariviere, left hand is the slooow hand.

(Flight) getting better. Work on arriving on chords quickly!

And finally, KAAAAAAAAHHHN!

Friday, July 9, 2010

(Flight) - took a break in the middle because I COULDN'T CONCENTRATE. Ahem.

Played through Amélie, and awesomely only took one play through of trouble spot to correct, go me.

Played through Les Anises Gris, or however that's spelled, badly, but nothing hurt, so go me again.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lariviere for about 20 min. Tuning in the middle, egads! What with this weather.

(Flight) - trying to keep up what I've learned. First page is ok at 104. Working up to that for rest of piece.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blistery goodness and crappy day made for 5 min. light playing of Debussy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Really, really need to play every day.

1.5 hours. (Flight) speed, dynamics.

Played through some other stuff that has lots of harmonics, yay!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

(Flight), speed and dynamics. Muscles really out of shape for fast playing.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Got an ego boost with (Flight); I was able to play many spots at ♩=84. Way faster than I thought. And it think it sounded coherent.

But dizzy and tinnitusy now. Durrrr...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More relaxed today. (Flight) slides. Do-able, just need to practice.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1/2 hour-ish. Not feeling like working on any particular problem, so played (flight) slowly and Zarabanda.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Was I was really off last night, wow.

Worked on speed and dynamics, La Source ♪(3)=168, (Flight) variable.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Almost completely pain-free playing! Decided to push La Source, so rt wrist is a little irritated now. Up to ♪(3)=120?

Lt joint not collapsing at all, rt joint moved perfectly all of 2 times. More green band?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lariviere and (Flight). Rt. thumb joint collapsy, but pain-free.

Played with earplug in so I wouldn't have to hear badly played blues on electric guitar while I was playing, so I didn't get to hear much of myself, either. Not optimal, very boring. Sometimes I really hate apartment living.

I also hate peeling gut strings.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Possibly played 45 minutes? Not sure. Maybe even close to an hour.

Lariviere for... a time.

Played La Source until rt wrist tired, but it was more muscle fatigue instead of tendon ache. ♪(3)=104

(Flight) - I can now play lt hand harmonics with absolutely no pain. Finally!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

5 minutes of OW! All fingers tender to the point of maybe having blisters, forearm muscles sore, couldn't play long enough to see if wrist and thumb tendons are even ok.

I guess it's off to more sewing and Babylon 5.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Timer set, hands fine after 30 min, so played 45, hands still fine. Well, if I don't count where I stabbed myself in the tip of my finger with my stitch ripper. And the teeny tiny little blister on my 4th finger.

Bochsa hurt tendons, stopped after 15 min.

(Flight) arpeggios @ ♪=160.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Played for 45 minutes, which I really shouldn't do all at once. Really.
Tendons incredibly sore. Didn't realize how sore until I stopped playing.

SET A TIMER again.

Thumbs have a joint in the middle and they can actually bend there; you do not have to put your entire wrist and arm into it.

PRACTICE BENDING YOUR THUMB.

Was actually able to get 4th fingers...er, make that pinkies, to behave during faster scales, yays! Keep practicing that.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Urgh. Class is over. Played last page of La Source slowly, then read through the whole thing. Tendons in right wrist hurt, but then stopped. Weird other pain in my rt hand that may be burst blood vessel. It's all blue in the middle section of my third finger.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hands sore after knitting. :(

Lariviere -exercises
Tiersen - Amelie
Tournier - Vers La Source
Salzedo - (Flight)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vers La Source will also be good because of the thumb slides. And it's pretty so that should keep me satisfied for a little while. Bochsa #27 for thumb emphasis.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stretchy Lariviere stuff feels good. Tried to start learning Bochsa #27 to strengthen rt thumb, but it's so weak I could but play (heh) 1st 2 lines slowly and badly. Tried to green band substitute for harp thumb motion, which may help.
Time off for out-of-town visitors, lots o' school, and life in general.

Played a little Bochsa, but enough to give myself shadows of blisters. 4th fingers so incredibly weak. Designing in my head something to exercise fingers when not playing. Guitar strengthener thingy would not work because I need to bring my fingers all the way to the palm.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hands completely pain-free up waking today. Mildly sore after work. Other body parts moderately to severely sore, so the couch, heating pad, and Star Trek are calling.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tendons really sore in lt hand and not-so-great in rt hand. 20 min Lariviere.

Also, checked Method and it seems I'm doing things as right as I know how.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

20-30 min Lariviere, 10 min Bochsa. Fingers tender from yesterday. Rt hand seems to be almost 100%, lt hand still needs lots of strengthening. Look at Method books by Salzedo for proper positions. Green band.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

40 minutes Pozzoli. Do not flap hands to relax them! Thumb joints cannot handle that. Tendons seem to be able to handle octaves. Learn a piece? Do I dare actually try to practice something to get it to playing condition? Won't that just jinx me? Rrrrr...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tendons hurt in wrist area today. Could be from practicing, but more likely from whirlwind cleaning of the kitchen this morning. And Iron Man 2 tonight so no practicing.

ETA: I had time so played 30 minutes Bochsa and La Dispute. No hand problems to speak of. Weird.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

40 min of Bochsa. Went swimmingly until I was reminded I have minimal callouses after not playing very much for 2 months. 4th finger on wires strings, owie.

Monday, May 3, 2010

20 min of Lariviere. Still need to concentrate on pinkies. Played Bochsa 'thirds' exercise. And tried to play La Dispute, but my hands were stiff. Then realized it was probably because the room is freezing because I don't have a HEATER anymore. But right wrist got sore towards end of alternating octaves.

It helps to read through old entries. :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tiny bit of practicing. Really rough day. Still need to lay off the harmonics in lt hand.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Green band. Read through (Flight) and concentrated on pinkies. Basically need to start over and learn piece from scratch again. Read through (Idyllic Poem) and (Inquietude).

Ignoring the oil spill for now.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No practicing. I got the pleasure of trying to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill in my rug from my oil heater. Yays.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

I got some really sad news last Thursday and haven't had the motivation nor concentration to play, or do anything really.

Green band. Lariviere. Notturno. I was, however, astute enough to notice that I transcribed most of Notturno wrong. I have been playing it correctly, but just now noticed the chords are written a third lower than they are supposed to be. Months of listening to Finale play it, months of looking at it, nothing triggered any notice in my head. Months. *sigh*

Now off to study.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Green band ex, Lariviere ex, Bochsa ex. Total of 20 min. Seem to be getting more dexterous.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Did NOT feel like playing today, told myself I could quit after one piece, barely played two. Allergies kicked my ass today which may be why.

Keep green stretchy band on harp, it's a good reminder.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Left 4th finger tends to fall off strings whether or not my pinky is "helping". Strengthening is strengthening.

Really wish I could have instant callouses.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

When I concentrate on not gluing my pinkies to my 4th fingers, they seem more relaxed, but it's an effortful relaxation. Keep practicing relaxing and remember to BREATHE.

Hopefully, the concentration on and new motion of my pinkies is not pulling the rest of my hand out of whack.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I remember practicing last night. At least, I'm pretty sure I did. The "strength training" is obviously really engaging. (Side note: I really wish HTML included a sarcasm tag.)

I think I'm going to skip tonight. Of course, now that I type that, I don't want to skip it. Better than doing the dishes, I say.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sooo... I potentially figured out why I have problems playing scales. You know how I've been doing strength training and noticed my pinkies are flying everywhere? Well, when I play scales and cross the 4th finger (of both hands!) under, my pinkies hook under my 4th fingers and actually push them off the strings. Nice. This has been going on for years, I bet. Yet another bad habit to break. I hope using my pinkies correctly actually helps my scales, and isn't just for decoration.

On the plus side, I played for 45 minutes without any flare-ups.

But, still...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

15 minutes strength training, haha.

5 minutes Amélie, in which the alternating octaves strained my thumb.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Lariviere. I think I need to consider these as regular exercise and not just "harp" exercises. Akin to pushups, or squats. Just as boring and filled with counting. My fingers are incredibly weak and stiff and I need to work up to being strong, not expect to be strong all at once. In particular, the rt 4th finger and pinky. Those will just require more work.

Thumbs seem to be ok, although lt thumb feels over-stretched. Which is weird because I was really stretching the rt thumb. Maybe I need to play hands separate for a while so I can focus on what I'm doing with each hand. Tried the green band elastic exercises, just two on each hand, and that hurt.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Lariviere. 15 minutes? Need to keep these up as my 4th fingers are weak, and pinkies are flying everywhere.

5 min of Bochsa.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Played all sorts of different things, about 40 minutes again. Even harmonics! Started with Lariviere exercises. Those may be a good thing to keep up. Also start PT green band exercises.

We'll see tomorrow if I've over done it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Played about 40 minutes. Played quietly as I have no remaining callouses whatsoever. No twinges of the thumb joints except when tuning and trying harmonics in left hand. It's basically the same motion so makes sense. My rt large thumb joint inverts when I try to play trills (creating a structurally unsound linkage), which may be why I was never any good at them. Wondering if PT strengthening exercises will help with that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

15 minutes (with timer!) of Bochsa and Notturno. Really need to stop when timer stops.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Played 10 minutes, no harm done (so far). Set an alarm this time! (And actually stopped when it went off, heh.)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Played (Flight) once through slowly. Need metronome to keep it slow and pay attention to finger shape.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Played (Flight) slowly, 10 min. Played a little bit of (Mirage), 5 min. Fingers appreciated the exercise.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tried Les Anesses Grises sur la Route d'El-Azib. A little too much for my stiff fingers.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

15 or so minutes of Lariviere and Bochsa. Fingers feel good if yet weak.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

7 minutes of Vi... something exercises.

Rt hand 4th finger 1st joint is bending inward.

ETA: Lariviere. I knew it had a "vi" somewhere in it.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hands separately seems to be the way to go to get things to not fall apart. And give myself a blister.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Augh! Neither brain nor body wanted to practice tonight, forced an hour, now off to completely turn my brain to putty with Legend of the Seeker.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Started out great, but fell apart the more I played it. Why does that happen?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Almost got up to =176. Remember, it's not a race against the metronome, you're playing with it, not trying to beat it.

Set up appointment for PT for hand. yays.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scales, problem spots (one of many) in (Flight). Thumb really hurting. Guess I'll be starting PT for that soon.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pozzoli had a few scale-y things in it. A few more lines of Bochsa learned, sort of. Got it up to ♪=132, sort of.

Monday, January 4, 2010

I am so tired of scales. But my thumb seems to be getting gradually better. I performed a cursory search of my music to see if anything else scale-y could be found. Need to do a more thorough search. *sigh*