PipeChat Digest #3217 - Sunday, November 10, 2002
 
Erzahler
  by "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net>
Widor Toccata
  by "Charles Peery" <cepeery@earthlink.net>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by "r" <basset3@hvc.rr.com>
Re: Erzahler
  by "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net>
RE: Widor Toccata
  by "Samuel Metzger" <samuel.metzger@christpreschurch.org>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by <MFoxy9795@aol.com>
RE: Widor workout
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
RE:Erzhaler
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Erzahler
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
Re: Erzahler
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by <Gfc234@aol.com>
RE: Widor Toccata tempi
  by <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by <TubaMagna@aol.com>
Re: Widor Toccata
  by <Cremona502@cs.com>
 

(back) Subject: Erzahler From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 13:34:16 -0600   Did you know that erzahler means story teller? Greg ______________________ I know that is often said, but a native German lady told me it meant something else--I forget exactly what-something like salesman or account = or charge.........a business term at any rate.   Dennis Steckley    
(back) Subject: Widor Toccata From: "Charles Peery" <cepeery@earthlink.net> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 16:27:44 -0500   Advice?   No rush, I may just tell brides "no way" if they ask for this as their Recessional from now on.   Yesterday, however, it was a family member, so I agreed to haul it out and brush it up. I know the harmonic progressions, the notes are completely in my head, I can play large portions from memory to turn my own pages (yesterday I had a page-turner.)   I have played this piece off and on for years, Easter postlude, friends' weddings, but I'd have to say not often, and here's why:   It is absolutely no fun. It's just work, and I wear out and it just becomes agony.   This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with no effort. I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. I worked at fluidity, grace, relaxation. I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. I'm picky about the articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and going at a tempo that allows those articulations to be heard.   Still. No good. I still get jazzed in performance and my arms wear out. I make it to the end. But... what's the point? I mean, short of taking drugs or trying to play the thing like a robot with no enthusiasm whatsover?   Am I completely missing something, or is this how it is?   Thanks,   Chuck Peery Cincinnati    
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: "r" <basset3@hvc.rr.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 17:02:08 -0600   Thanks for your comments. I'd like to hear the reponses as well as they flow in. I just started a new position and was informed by the pastor -- it's a favorite and I have until Easter to learn it. I always gave up -- afraid of carpel tunnel setting in. Here we go. Robert Clooney Middletown, NY        
(back) Subject: Re: Erzahler From: "Paul Valtos" <chercapa@enter.net> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 17:32:29 -0500   Dear Dennis, Zahlung means payment. Zahlen is to pay, such as a bill in a restaurant. Paul ----- Original Message ----- From: "First Christian Church of Casey, IL" <kzrev@rr1.net> To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 2:34 PM Subject: Erzahler     > Did you know that erzahler means story teller? > Greg > ______________________ > I know that is often said, but a native German lady told me it meant > something else--I forget exactly what-something like salesman or account or > charge.........a business term at any rate. > > Dennis Steckley > > > "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" > PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics > HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org > List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org > Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org >    
(back) Subject: RE: Widor Toccata From: "Samuel Metzger" <samuel.metzger@christpreschurch.org> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 17:59:15 -0500   I just tell people (truthfully) that I don't play the piece and have not learned it because it is so over used. I think the Mulet Carillon-Sortie = is much nicer and who can top that ending? The only performance if have heard pull off the Widor ending is Ben van Oosten.   Samuel ~~~~~~~~   Samuel Metzger, Organist and Director of Music Christ Presbyterian Church & The Soli Deo Gloria School of Fine Arts   495 Terrell Mill Rd Marietta, GA 30068   770.956.7572 770.378.7443 cell   samuel.metzger@christpreschurch.org www.christpreschurch.org     -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org]On Behalf Of Charles Peery Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 4:28 PM To: PipeChat Subject: Widor Toccata     Advice?   No rush, I may just tell brides "no way" if they ask for this as their Recessional from now on.   Yesterday, however, it was a family member, so I agreed to haul it out and brush it up. I know the harmonic progressions, the notes are completely in my head, I can play large portions from memory to turn my own pages (yesterday I had a page-turner.)   I have played this piece off and on for years, Easter postlude, friends' weddings, but I'd have to say not often, and here's why:   It is absolutely no fun. It's just work, and I wear out and it just becomes agony.   This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with no effort. I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. I worked at fluidity, grace, relaxation. I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. I'm picky about the articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and going at a tempo that allows those articulations to be heard.   Still. No good. I still get jazzed in performance and my arms wear out. I make it to the end. But... what's the point? I mean, short of taking drugs or trying to play the thing like a robot with no enthusiasm whatsover?   Am I completely missing something, or is this how it is?   Thanks,   Chuck Peery Cincinnati     "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org      
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: <MFoxy9795@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 18:40:27 -0500   The Widor Toccata from Symphony V is just an exercise in endurance. But = for some reason people really dig it and find it exciting. The best way = to practice it is on the piano, hopefully a nice stiff one. If you can = get thru the manual parts three times in a row on that, you are golden!! = then of course you have to get to the organ and add the pedal so you can = do those two-octave leaps and doubled octaves underneath all the busy = stuff in the hands) I was asked to play it for a wedding a couple of years = ago on one of those old Wicks with the horrible spring-back action (know = what I mean? you really have to work just to hold the keys down). that = bride had no idea what she was asking! Merry   In a message dated 11/10/2002 5:59:15 PM Eastern Standard Time, = samuel.metzger@christpreschurch.org writes:   > > It is absolutely no fun. It's just work, and I wear out and it just > becomes agony. > > This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with no > effort. I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. I worked > at fluidity, grace, relaxation. > I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. I'm picky about the > articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and going at a > tempo that allows those articulations to be heard. > > Still. No good. I still get jazzed in performance and my arms wear > out. I make it to the end. But... what's the point? I mean, short > of taking drugs or trying to play the thing like a robot > with no > enthusiasm whatsover?  
(back) Subject: RE: Widor workout From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:12:09 -0000   Hello,   I think it must be a sign of old age when there is no pleasure or fun in = playing the Widor Toccata or the T & F in D minor.=20   OK....it's not GREAT music.....but it does have a certain "something" = and it is very, very effective.   Of course, Daniel Roth plays it with all five manuals coupled together, = which even allowing for Barker Lever, is no mean physical feat.   I can get to the end with only slight pain when playing it on a tracker = action instrument.......it's all about athelticism I suppose.....I find = that after practising the Widor for a while, I can crush a Cola can with = just one hand. Even my handshakes take on a terrifying quality as people = drop to their knees and whimper.=20   In fact, I have this theory that if one practices the Durufle Toccata = and the Widor Toccata daily, it may be possible to gain a black belt in = martial arts with some ease.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK       -----Original Message----- From: "pipechat@pipechat.org" <pipechat@pipechat.org> on behalf of = "Charles Peery" <cepeery@earthlink.net> Sent: 10 November 2002 21:27 To: "PipeChat" <pipechat@pipechat.org> Subject: Widor Toccata   Advice?   No rush, I may just tell brides "no way" if they ask for this as their=20 Recessional from now on.   Yesterday, however, it was a family member, so I agreed to haul it out=20 and brush it up. I know the harmonic progressions, the notes are=20 completely in my head, I can play large portions from memory to turn my=20 own pages (yesterday I had a page-turner.)   I have played this piece off and on for years, Easter postlude,=20 friends' weddings, but I'd have to say not often, and here's why:   It is absolutely no fun. It's just work, and I wear out and it just=20 becomes agony.   This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with no=20 effort. I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. I worked=20 at fluidity, grace, relaxation. I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. I'm picky about the =   articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and going at a =   tempo that allows those articulations to be heard.   Still. No good. I still get jazzed in performance and my arms wear=20 out. I make it to the end. But... what's the point? I mean, short=20 of taking drugs or trying to play the thing like a robot with no=20 enthusiasm whatsover?   Am I completely missing something, or is this how it is?   Thanks,   Chuck Peery Cincinnati     "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: mailto:requests@pipechat.org  
(back) Subject: RE:Erzhaler From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:24:40 -0000   Hello,   I don't think we have any Erzhalers in the UK.   I thought I was about to die three weeks ago after contracting pneumonia = and crumpling in a heap on the floor. Since then, I have discovered the = musical joys of the Inhaler rather than the Erzhaler.   A set of tuned Inhalers might have real musical credibility in our = climate.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK      
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:20:48 EST     --part1_17d.11a73529.2b0051e0_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   It is a great piece but unfortunately it has become in many people's eyes, =   Widor's greatest work-simply because of lazy ignorant assholes and pop culture. It is the organ equivalent of Pachelbel's Canon in D-it is the = ONLY piece anyone (besides good mucicians) can name by him. The funniest part = is that most keyboard arrangements of this work are NOT EVEN CANNONIC!!!!!!-sorry, just have to vent-I am so sick of playing preludes = and postludes in church and not being appreciated by more than 5 people out of =   300. Back to Widor now. The challenge of playing the Toccata is the articulation. I have heard it many times where the organist simply does = not play staccato and detatch EVERY SINGLE 16th note-it is a pain, but it = really makes the piece happen. The trick is playing light. Remember, Widor = studied technique with Lemmens. Also, at St.Sulpice, the tempi at which it is frequently heard in America is nearly impossible because of the vast accoustic and the weight of having a 5 manual tracker action organ coupled =   down. Just my thougts. Hope everyone had a great Sunday. Gregory   --part1_17d.11a73529.2b0051e0_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>It is a great piece but = unfortunately it has become in many people's eyes, Widor's greatest = work-simply because of lazy ignorant assholes and pop culture. &nbsp;It is = the organ equivalent of Pachelbel's Canon in D-it is the ONLY piece anyone = (besides good mucicians) can name by him. &nbsp;The funniest part is that = most keyboard arrangements of this work are NOT EVEN CANNONIC!!!!!!-sorry, = just have to vent-I am so sick of playing preludes and postludes in church = and not being appreciated by more than 5 people out of 300. Back to Widor = now. &nbsp;The challenge of playing the Toccata is the articulation. = &nbsp;I have heard it many times where the organist simply does not play = staccato and detatch EVERY SINGLE 16th note-it is a pain, but it really = makes the piece happen. &nbsp;The trick is playing light. &nbsp;Remember, = Widor studied technique with Lemmens. &nbsp;Also, at St.Sulpice, the tempi = at which it is frequently heard in America is near <BR>Hope everyone had a great Sunday. <BR>Gregory</FONT></HTML>   --part1_17d.11a73529.2b0051e0_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Erzahler From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:21:04 EST     --part1_112.1a30a062.2b0051f0_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 11/10/02 2:35:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, = kzrev@rr1.net writes:     > Did you know that erzahler means story teller? > Greg > ______________________ > I know that is often said, but a native German lady told me it meant > something else--I forget exactly what-something like salesman or account = or > charge.........a business term at any rate. >   hmmmmmmm..... perhaps story teller is equivalent to liar!! ;-) heeheehee     Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 check out <A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">Vision Success </A>   Do you or anyone you know suffer from ADD, ADHD, Cancer, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Migraines, High Cholesterol, Fibromyalgia = or Weight Problems? If you answered YES to any of these then please request our FREE = CATALOG by sending your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS to brucec502@klynk.com with FREE CATALOG in the subject line. (USA only)   --part1_112.1a30a062.2b0051f0_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In a message dated = 11/10/02 2:35:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, kzrev@rr1.net writes: <BR> <BR> <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Did you know that = erzahler means story teller? <BR>Greg <BR>______________________ <BR>I know that is often said, but a native German lady told me it meant <BR>something else--I forget exactly what-something like salesman or = account or <BR>charge.........a business term at any rate. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>hmmmmmmm..... perhaps story teller is equivalent to liar!! &nbsp;;-) = heeheehee <BR> <BR> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;check out &nbsp;&nbsp;<A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">Vision Success </A> <BR> <BR>Do you or anyone you know suffer from ADD, ADHD, Cancer, Arthritis, = Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Migraines, High Cholesterol, Fibromyalgia = or Weight Problems? <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If you answered YES to any of these then please = request our FREE CATALOG by sending your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS to = <B>brucec502@klynk.com</B> with FREE CATALOG in the subject line. = &nbsp;&nbsp;(USA only)</FONT></HTML>   --part1_112.1a30a062.2b0051f0_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Erzahler From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:21:56 EST     --part1_38.3108a36f.2b005224_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   interesting--i have a german friend-i will ask.   --part1_38.3108a36f.2b005224_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>interesting--i have a = german friend-i will ask.</FONT></HTML>   --part1_38.3108a36f.2b005224_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: <Gfc234@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:24:11 EST     --part1_15e.16d3d780.2b0052ab_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   YES__the van oosten recording is WONDERFUL-i have him playing all of the widor and some vierne too. the 7th symphony has worked it's way into my = head.     --part1_15e.16d3d780.2b0052ab_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>YES__the van oosten = recording is WONDERFUL-i have him playing all of the widor and some vierne = too. &nbsp;the 7th symphony has worked it's way into my head. <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_15e.16d3d780.2b0052ab_boundary--  
(back) Subject: RE: Widor Toccata tempi From: <cmys13085@blueyonder.co.uk> Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:31:52 -0000   Me again,   Anyone heard the old wire recording of Widor playing his own Toccata = when he was very, very old?   The tempi was "possibly" half the speed we normally hear it = at......incredibly slow.   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK  
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: <TubaMagna@aol.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:32:20 EST   It's a wonderful piece, despite its popularity. Don't play it too fast, it loses its grandeur...  
(back) Subject: Re: Widor Toccata From: <Cremona502@cs.com> Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 19:42:09 EST     --part1_42.308bb0ce.2b0056e1_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   In a message dated 11/10/02 4:26:45 PM Eastern Standard Time, cepeery@earthlink.net writes: > I have played this piece off and on for years, Easter postlude, friends' = > weddings, but I'd have to say not often, and here's why: > It is absolutely no fun. It's just work, and I wear out and it just =   > becomes agony.   One of the primary goals of playing a piece is enjoying it! Perhaps if = you relax your approach to the in's-n-outies of the piece it might be more = fun. Surprisingly, it isn't that difficult, the worst part being when the = 16-notes move to the left hand. Crossing the left hand over the right, toward the = end is really dramatic, visually, and takes a bit of concentration, but again, = is not really that difficult. The main thing I have to do when I play this = is to, when needed, just say, "relax!" It works.     > This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with no > effort. I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. I worked = at > fluidity, grace, relaxation.   I tried this and was not satisfied with the results. Reeds respond differently than flutes, and I've found that practicing on unison = principals with the oboe in the swell is the most efficient for me. For grace and relaxation, I practice slowly and lyrically, and very legato. It does = not give the articulation desired, but does help reinforce notes and achieve fluidity and grace.... which is relaxing!   > I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. I'm picky about the =   > articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and going at a =   > tempo that allows those articulations to be heard.   As a teacher, it's probably not great advice to say "don't worry that much =   about the articulation in the left hand." Or right hand, for that = matter. BUT, if it is becoming a barrier to enjoyment, perhaps relaxing your requirments would be beneficial. The tempo should be governed by the = room. In a dead room, a slightly faster tempo will give the piece the = excitement it needs; often, just a slight increase will do the trick. But it is also =   very important to adjust the tempo to your own comfort level. Trying to play faster than comfortable leads to anxiety, which prevents relaxation.   > Still. No good. I still get jazzed in performance and my arms wear = out. > I make it to the end. But... what's the point? I mean, short of = taking > drugs or trying to play the thing like a robot with no enthusiasm = whatsover? > Am I completely missing something, or is this how it is?   I am not really nutz about this piece; however, what really makes it enjoyable for me is the reaction of the audience to it. I never play it without afterward receiving lots of thanks and nice comments. For me, = it's more fun than experiential. I don't feel particular moved or inspired = when I'm through, but I do feel rewarded for doing something nice and enjoyable =   for the listeners. After all, it is for them that we perform and it is = they upon whom we depend for word-of-mouth advertisement!   In closing, in your defense, I will share a rule that I have followed over =   the years: I don't play what doesn't bring me satisfaction of some kind. = If music is too difficult for me to enjoy playing or learning, I leave it = to someone else to do the work and I enjoy the fruits of their labors.     Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui in the Muttastery at Howling Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 check out <A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">Vision Success </A>   Do you or anyone you know suffer from ADD, ADHD, Cancer, Arthritis, Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Migraines, High Cholesterol, Fibromyalgia = or Weight Problems? If you answered YES to any of these then please request our FREE = CATALOG by sending your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS to brucec502@klynk.com with FREE CATALOG in the subject line. (USA only)   --part1_42.308bb0ce.2b0056e1_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>In a message dated = 11/10/02 4:26:45 PM Eastern Standard Time, cepeery@earthlink.net writes: <BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; = MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">I have played this = piece off and on for years, Easter postlude, friends' &nbsp;weddings, but = I'd have to say not often, and here's why: <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It is absolutely no fun. &nbsp;It's just work, and = I wear out and it just becomes agony.</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" = SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR>One of the primary goals of playing a piece is enjoying it! = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Perhaps if you relax your approach to the in's-n-outies = of the piece it might be more fun. &nbsp;&nbsp;Surprisingly, it isn't that = difficult, the worst part being when the 16-notes move to the left hand. = &nbsp;Crossing the left hand over the right, toward the end is really = dramatic, visually, and takes a bit of concentration, but again, is not = really that difficult. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The main thing I have to do when = I play this is to, when needed, just say, "relax!" &nbsp;It works. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: = #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: = 5px">This week I tried to focus on the physical, I practiced slowly with = no effort. &nbsp;I practiced at tempo on a light flute registration. = &nbsp;I worked at fluidity, grace, relaxation.</FONT><FONT = COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" = LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">I tried this and was not satisfied with the = results. &nbsp;&nbsp;Reeds respond differently than flutes, and I've found = that practicing on unison principals with the oboe in the swell is the = most efficient for me. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;For grace and relaxation, I = practice slowly and lyrically, and very legato. &nbsp;&nbsp;It does not = give the articulation desired, but does help reinforce notes and achieve = fluidity and grace.... which is relaxing! <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: = #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: = 5px">I am not trying to go too fast, about 112, in fact. &nbsp;I'm picky = about the articulations in the left hand, so I try focusing on that and = going at a tempo that allows those articulations to be heard.</FONT><FONT = COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" = LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>As a teacher, it's probably not great advice to say "don't worry that = much about the articulation in the left hand." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Or right = hand, for that matter. &nbsp;&nbsp;BUT, if it is becoming a barrier to = enjoyment, perhaps relaxing your requirments would be beneficial. = &nbsp;&nbsp;The tempo should be governed by the room. &nbsp;&nbsp;In a = dead room, a slightly faster tempo will give the piece the excitement it = needs; often, just a slight increase will do the trick. &nbsp;But it is = also very important to adjust the tempo to your own comfort level. = &nbsp;&nbsp;Trying to play faster than comfortable leads to anxiety, which = prevents relaxation. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=3DCITE style=3D"BORDER-LEFT: = #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Still. &nbsp;No good. &nbsp;&nbsp;I still get jazzed in = performance and my arms wear out. &nbsp;&nbsp;I make it to the end. = &nbsp;But... what's the point? &nbsp;&nbsp;I mean, short of taking drugs = or trying to play the thing like a robot with no enthusiasm whatsover? <BR>Am I completely missing something, or is this how it is?</FONT><FONT = COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" FACE=3D"Arial" = LANG=3D"0"></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">I am not really nutz about this piece; however, = what really makes it enjoyable for me is the reaction of the audience to = it. &nbsp;&nbsp;I never play it without afterward receiving lots of thanks = and nice comments. &nbsp;&nbsp;For me, it's more fun than experiential. = &nbsp;&nbsp;I don't feel particular moved or inspired when I'm through, = but I do feel rewarded for doing something nice and enjoyable for the = listeners. &nbsp;&nbsp;After all, it is for them that we perform and it is = they upon whom we depend for word-of-mouth advertisement! <BR> <BR>In closing, in your defense, I will share a rule that I have followed = over the years: &nbsp;&nbsp;I don't play what doesn't bring me = satisfaction of some kind. &nbsp;&nbsp;If music is too difficult for me to = enjoy playing or learning, I leave it to someone else to do the work and I = enjoy the fruits of their labors. <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D3 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR></FONT><FONT COLOR=3D"#000000" SIZE=3D2 FAMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" = FACE=3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0"> <BR>Bruce, with Miles, Molly and Degui &nbsp;in the Muttastery at Howling = Acres http://members.tripod.com/Brucon502 = &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;check out &nbsp;&nbsp;<A = HREF=3D"http://www.visionsuccess.com/BC2053">Vision Success </A> <BR> <BR>Do you or anyone you know suffer from ADD, ADHD, Cancer, Arthritis, = Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Migraines, High Cholesterol, Fibromyalgia = or Weight Problems? <BR> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;If you answered YES to any of these then please = request our FREE CATALOG by sending your FULL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS to = <B>brucec502@klynk.com</B> with FREE CATALOG in the subject line. = &nbsp;&nbsp;(USA only)</FONT></HTML>   --part1_42.308bb0ce.2b0056e1_boundary--