I didn't know about Donna Taggart until I have listened to the song called Jealous of the Angels on youtube. This song really make me miss my father who passed away 13 years ago. I never got to say goodbye to him as he passed so suddenly. O love this song and her voice is so angelic that it really touches my emotions. It would be nice to learn how to play this in an instrument and have fabfilter do it's magic to have it sound so perfectly. I have seen some artists did a version of this song too but I though Donna Taggart did a great job, her voice is so honest and sincere.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
We put our traditional piano at the corner of our living room. It was sitting there very plain against the white wall so I thought of decorating around it a little bit. We had old records that we will never get to play since we don't have a machine so I thought it would be awesome to use it.
I bought the iron music notes hanging on the left side at Hobby Lobby prior to us moving so I can use it to decorate the music room. The butterfly wall decal with notes is from an auction site I belong to, I got it by bidding on an auction there then I paid shipping.
The music teacher at my children's school gave this music box to my daughter when she had her recital at Duquesne University. It has been sitting in the storage ever since but I thought of incorporating it in the music room so I put it on top of the piano.
This would be a wishful thinking but if I have one of those Ibanez dino cazares signature electric guitar, I would definitely incorporate it there to complete the look.
We have another big music instrument but it is in our master bedroom. Our daughter plays for us once in a while before bedtime.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Like most people in our society, you've witnessed beautiful performances and have daydreamed of making such lovely sounds yourself. Whether you'd like the attention and accolades that come with playing in public or you simply want to play an instrument in the comfort of your home for your own pleasure, getting started is the hardest part. Follow these simple steps, and you'll be well on your way to becoming the songbird you've always aspired to be.
1. Decide on an instrument
It's easy to imagine that you'll want to play every instrument under the sun. If you have the funds, you may be tempted to go out and buy a ukulele, a drum kit, a guitar, and a keyboard, promising yourself you'll become proficient with each one in due time. You'll be more satisfied with your efforts, however, if you take things one step at a time and stick to a single instrument until you're genuinely comfortable adding another one to your repertoire. The keyboard and guitar are popular choices for beginners, but if you're more interested in rhythm than melody, drums may be a better option. If you'd prefer not to buy an expensive piece of equipment, your voice is an instrument, too!
2. Make a plan for how you will learn
If you can afford it and have the time, private lessons are a great option. If you're like most busy adults, you may find it more convenient to learn at your own pace using materials you can access whenever you have a spare moment. There are so many learning materials out there, it can be difficult to choose the right ones for you. C.R. Carole has a number of workbooks available, teaching music theory for beginners. Once you've figured out how you'll learn the basics, it's time to come up with a practice plan. Pencil practice time into your schedule, blocking out at least 30 minutes a week if you want to make decent progress.
Learning to play an instrument may seem like a daunting process, but if you stick with it, you'll end up with a lifelong hobby that can get you through difficult times and bring joy to the people around you. I wish you the best of luck on your musical journey.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Yesterday, May 22nd was this year's Torrence Music Recital. Our son was a bit nervous, he kept saying that he might mess up. He kind of wish he practiced more lol. They have a rehearsal on Saturday morning and they both messed up some so their teacher talked to them and told them to just relax and enjoy the music and not to worry about it.
Torrance Music has now guitar lessons so we might enrol EJ to that since he is interested in learning how to play a guitar. We will see.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
When our daughter submitted her entry to the Ant-Bullying poster contest, she didn't think she would win because she said that all her classmates have really good ideas. So she was pleasantly surprised that she won.
There were other four entries from her class that were chosen as runners up. Their entries were below:he combined her passion for arts and baking into one idea and it turned out well. I told her that maybe, some of the judges have sweet tooth so they chose your entry lol.
She's very happy she won as she get the $100 price. She has been saving her money because she wants to decorate her own room and she said that she will buy the things that she need with her own money.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Whenever we watch a parade, I am always fascinated with the people who play the music instrument that is seldom played in a regular setting. I remember last year, one of the young adult who was playing in the band is disabled but he was playing a saxophone which is very impressive. Looking at the wwbw.com bassoon reminds me of that scenario. Not many musician choose to play instuments like that.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Our daughter tried the Young Musicians Auditions in West Liberty University. this year. It was held last April 8th. It is an annual audition conducted by WLU to test young musicians of their piano playing ability. This was our daughter's first time so she was a bit a nervous. Luckily, her friend was there so she calmed her nerves down. Her friend have done this in the past so she gave her some pointers.
We have never been to West Liberty University so we did not have an idea where it's at lol. We punched the address to the GPS but for some odd reason, there was a street that the GPS wanted us to turn but it wasn't there so we had to turn around and find our way. Talking about our poor navigation skills lol. Gladly, we left earlier because we always anticipate for stuff like this to happen.
The university was big and we couldn't believe that it was located far from the city. I think if you would have to commute going to this school, it would be hard especially during the winter. I got dizzy because of the turns and narrow roads.
Anyway, after we registered, there were rooms for practicing so Rylie and her friends practice while waiting for their numbers to be called. The ratings to be given includes (Superior, Excellent, and Very Good). We were making jokes about it because our daughter was saying "I hope I don't do very good as it is the lowest score you can get" . In my opinion, I think they should change the ratings because no mater what you do, even you messed up so bad, you still get a very good rating .
The rating is to be based on actual performance and the quality thereof. The entire composition is to be performed from memory. The points of judgment for piano solos are tone, rhythm, technique, phrasing, attack and release, interpretation, memorization, stage presence and pedaling.
For the required composition, she played the Bach: Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. The comment made by the judge was "Good job! All the right notes, rests, dynamics, and at a nice quick pace!" For the choice composition, she played the Summer's Nocturne by Rollin. The judge's commented "Real promising pianist!" and he took note of the repeat that she made. She had to start over when she missed one key.
Anyhow, her friend got an Excellent rating and I feel bad because she cried. She played before Rylie so that made our daughter really nervous. She had to repeat a line because he missed one key so we were so surprised that she still got s Superior rating after the evaluation.
She wants to try it again next year. Her goal is to be able to control her nerves and not to crack to the pressure. In a way, this is a great learning experience for her to be able to conquer stage fright. She is a brave little girl. I don't have the courage to do what she does lol. So great job Ryestein!