Listening to other people perform is one of the ways we become better musicians. Although we do not have a chance to hold a "sharing" group class every day, you can still listen to other musicians every day through radio broadcasts, recordings you own, online or through finding local concerts to attend (KUSC.org has a list of SoCal musical events and can be a good place to start looking for a local concert to attend).
If you are not already doing so, please set aside time to listen to the music you are working on, daily! If you misplaced or did not get to class to pick up this week's Practice Partner worksheet & letter, you can read a copy of the "Aunt Rhody" letter on listening, here.
If you did not get a chance to share with the class this week due to absence, please be ready to share at our next group class. We will look forward to hearing from you in two weeks on Tuesday Nov. 4th, which brings me to a some schedule announcements/reminders:
- No group class and no private lessons next Tuesday, October 28th.
- No private lessons on Friday, October 31st. (We DO have private lessons this Friday, October 24th).
- As we move into November we'll be focusing more on preparation for when we share our music as a group, in December. We will be sharing the Christmas Carol, "Oh Come, Little Children." If you are in our early (3:15) class, please listen to this piece of music, daily, over the next two weeks. If you are in our later (3:40) class, please listen to this music, and play this music, daily, over the next two weeks.
- You can learn to sing the words: "Oh come, little children, Oh come, one and all / Oh come to the man-ger in Beth-le-hem's stall. / And see the Lord Jesus a-sleep in the hay, / The little Lord Je-sus was born Christ-mas day."
- This piece of music uses the "Down, little. Up, little." rhythm that we have been working on! See if you can hear it when you listen to the music. (Hint: try replacing some of the words to the Christmas Carol in order to hear this rhythm in action. For example, "Oh down, little up, little come, one and all. Oh down, little, up, little, Bethlehem's stall..." etc.)
All the best,
“Don’t hurry don’t rest. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking one step at a time will surely get you there.” - Shinichi Suzuki, from his book "Nurtured by Love"