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Gentleman of Leisure

Last night I picked up an instruction book on how to read music. I can sort of make out some sheet music, but I can't sight-read, that's for sure. I also found a field guide to birds, so I can finally identify some of the funny little shore-birds that are darting around out on the beach. I have hopes of seeing both a phalarope and an oystercatcher. Certainly there are California gulls a-plenty; which are, as I suspected, a different breed from the gulls of the Jersey Shore (quite a bit beakier, basically).

So now, on my list of things to do in my spare time; voice lessons, learn to read music, build a detailed model of HMS Victory, identify birds, learn to play the cello, tackle my mound of reading materials, write a few movies, explore the city, stay on top of Sangre Angeles, and start a band called "Shinjuku Party Train: The 1000 Hobo Army Experience".

I need a lot more free time, basically. I can either give up sleeping, or maybe find some way to not have a job. It would really be superb if I were to inherit some sort of fortune. Or maybe receieved a stipend as enlightened by despotic mayor of East Bumbleford.


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Jan. 22nd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Let me know how the sight reading book works out for you - royalcrown's been looking to learn for years.
Jan. 22nd, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
As with anything, it will no doubt depend on how much I apply myself.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Once you learn the notes system - which stems mean which duration, which spaces and lines mean which pitch - it's really a question of practice. And practice. And practice. Sight-reading at performance tempo is tough, for anything significantly more complicated than "Row, Row Your Boat". It was part of our audition requirements for County/District level orchestras (probably State, too, but I never made it that far) in high school, for precisely that reason.

It also has to do with how well you play the instrument of your choice. I sight-read pretty well on violin, but significantly less well on recorder/clarinet - despite the fact that they both read treble clef exclusively. Sure I know what the notes are, but I have to think just a little bit more about what fingering each note corresponds to on a recorder than on a violin, and it slows me down.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Holy Urban Sprawl, Batman!
East Bumbleford has a tall building and more than one paved road! That's neat- but also makes me a bit sad. So go all the nice rural paradises...
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: Holy Urban Sprawl, Batman!
Yes, it's quite distressing. You should click on the link often, just to check.
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Holy Urban Sprawl, Batman!
Oh, I'm *sure* that will help.

(You know, more people should read the fine print. It's full of interesting information, not unlike Hogwarts, A History.)

Jan. 23rd, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: Holy Urban Sprawl, Batman!
So much the better for him to leap in a single bound! And there goes the neighborhood...

xoxoxooxoxox -K
Jan. 25th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I never knew you wanted to play cello. I could have taught you years ago. I was pretty good at it when I was young. Then I broke my hand and didn't play for years. Jeff got me back into it, now I am not to, to bad.
Jan. 25th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Just like Dr. Maturin! :)
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