November 29, 2005 at 8:21 AMThe good life has taken a slight toll on my practice routine. This evening, while the rest of the gang settled in for football, and rain settled in for the night, I retreated to the guest room and made an attempt at practicing.
After changing out the stale strings and washing the sticky off my hands three times, I spent the next two hours tuning and retuning as I constructed scales and arpeggios. I couldn't find the notes. Rather, I knew where they were--where they needed to be--but I just couldn't get there. I never really made it into anything else. Sometimes, I wonder if I'll be sticking to scales and etudes the rest of my days.
The window was open; the sounds from the street below mixed with the rain-scented air and wafted up through the screen. Across the street, a fellow musician joined me as I played, strumming chords on the ukulele. During the rests, a little yellow gecko chirped from behind the bookshelf, as though requesting an encore. And so it went, up and down the scales in the balmy upstairs guest room, accompanied by anonymous ukulele plunking and happy gecko interludes. Perhaps the three of us might make a good trio, busking on the street corners in Waikiki. Now, there's an idea.
Any good concerts in the next two weeks I could catch?
Your fiddle is pitching a fit from beginning in a pressurized cabin, enduring a cliimate change to the warm, humid tropics, and it's jealous of your divided attention.
Your fiddle is pitching a fit from being in a pressurized cabin, enduring a cliimate change to the warm, humid tropics, and it's jealous of your divided attention.
red faced... off to eat humble pie.
My poor fiddle has seen 100 degrees to -30 degrees, and 10-90% humidity. It really does a number on the sound, doesn't it? I hope the seams don't come unglued this time.
Jim, I know a few great reasons not to live here.
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