I’ve never really been a morning person, that is until about five years ago. I don’t know what happened but I found myself rising earlier and earlier all of a sudden. I guess the key is to curtail late night television watching. I finally realized that staying up until 3:00 A.M., fighting sleep (and sometimes caving in to the temptation), was sort of stupid. Most of the time I didn’t even recall what I had been watching the night before.
So this morning when I first began to wake up about 5:30, I realized the days were becoming longer again! I like this! Most of the time, I ly in bed for a few minutes planning my day’s strategy. Seems like the minute I get up, the real world sets in complete with its obligations and distractions. Strangely enough, even the animals acclimate to the change. My golden retriever was up and ready to go when I was as were the birds. There’s one large crow that noisily pecks at the skylight in our living room every morning. Hope he doesn’t break it…it’s tough to sue a bird for damages.
So today’s plan is to complete the details of an abbreviated Volare course which I am presenting this Tuesday. If you recall, Volare is my learning seminar that shows amateur keyboard players some of the secrets to musical success. You can read more about this on my web site www.rosemarybaileymusic.com. There’s lots of things that are not really that difficult to incorporate into your playing…if you know how to do it. I’ve been asked to talk a bit about techniques in creating medleys. Great subject. Apparently each one of these musicians have a few tunes they’ve learned to play but have no conduit to connect them into medley form. A few of the ideas we’ll be discussing have to do with chord transformations, chromatic fill-ins, rhythm introductions, etc. Some of this type of thing comes naturally to me….or maybe I just listen to a lot to various styles of music throughout the day….jazz, theatre organ, show tunes, whatever. Once in a while I find myself inserting a musical passage into an arrangement that I know came from somewhere in my subliminal mind. After all, we know the brain is an incredible storage house of information. The challenge is to retrieve the file in our head that completes our current demand. In music, that data could be anything from Sinatra-esque phrasing to a country banjo riff. If we’ve heard it, it’s up in there somewhere. The trick is to extract it to use it in one’s own playing.
I’ll be talking to you more soon and thanks for reading my weekly blog. I certainly enjoy generating it.”
In the meantime please take a look at this newest video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VbezsFSwr4 and also feel free to visit my website at http://RosemaryBaileyMusic.com and see whats going on in the world of Pipe Organ, Theatre Organ and Home Organ. Until Next Time……………
posted by Ric Overton of http://PianoSD.com