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10 October 2007 @ 07:27 am
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So... Monday night I spent like 4 hours with the mandolin and my new theory book that I wont shut up about. and that was alot of fun! I feel like I really made some improvements that only come from an academic effort as opposed to just doodling around. You know, things like actually learning where the notes are on the fret board and where different versions of the chords are up and down the fretboard. I even did some crazy sightreading music.
It's rewarding to realize how much music theory I do know, and how quickly I am able to learn new stuff and understand it when I actually try. I guess it makes sense, I mean I learned to read music when I was 8, and i spent the next 12 years using that skill to some degree. It's funny how it's not until now that I made any sort of effort to improve my ability in this area. Sometimes I wonder what I have been doing with my life and my time, but that's really not a useful or relevant question.
So I wonder how easy it would be to quit my job and get some part time job. I think I could easily get some sort of decent paying part time computer related job. Do people not have more part time jobs because it's hard to find them, or because they don't feel like they need other things in their life other than work?
Well I really wanted to be in work by 7 today, and it's 7:01 already and I'm still smelly and sitting in bed. It's one of those things where Getting to work early is a high priority, but writing in LJ and reading non-internet things is an even higher priority because it's so infrequent that I can actually make myself do those things I feel like.
Watching parker play warcraft is fun. Fun because I get to see level 70 Raid parties fight bosses and not have to spend the hundreds of hours playing to get to that point.
So anyways, the thing I wanted to comment about is that the banjo is hard. just to play a scale you have to bounce around the strings all randomly. also since the relationship to the strings is 5,4,3,5 there is no easy pattern to know when a string starts playing on the next one up. I think that's why I've been playing mandolin so much, it's easier and it doesn't hurt my back due to the ridiculous weight. That was a lot more profound in my head. I did get a cool Banjo scale and arpeggio book.

The author is like "Do one key each month. and then when you really know it, go to the next one." so yeah... I can understand why now.
I also got a Bass guitar book, and discovered the tuning of the Bass is EADG whereas the mandolin is GDAE. Woah it's backwards. Maybe I should just play it left handed style. haha. yeah, that wouldn't work well.
I tried that the other day, flip the instrument over so my right hand was fretting and left was picking and I was just dead in the water. I made me realize how much I have actually learned and improved from day 1. which is nice. hrm... almost 7:20, I'm taking too long to write this. but... you know.
Man, I am smelly. Also my head hurts. I've been really trying to drink more water, and I think it's helping in general.
ok. Time for le Shower del tigre!
I am sad because I only wrote like 60% of what I wanted to.
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Nick Sudaspatz0r on October 10th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
all of this is very cool man; i'm happy for you.
it's funny when already-somehow-experienced people decide to start back at square one with the intent of filling in all the little holes they didn't formally learn, and they discover that they didn't learn some surprisingly fundamental stuff. for example, i've been playing sheet music for like 8 years now, but i'm just now starting to get fluent at reading treble clef, because all i ever read was for cello and bass, which are both bass clef.
mij0rnmij0rn on October 10th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
when I was playing your banjo that one time I really liked how hypnotic it was. I think of it alot more as a percussion insrument. lets play!
Caitlinyinface on October 23rd, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
yeah, that's true.
maybe you could work as a part-time anvil salesman. talk to kai about it.
i had fun with you the other night. let's force karen to write an all-encompassing MEGA POST.