If you happen to follow my other blogs, I have shared there the progress of my project audio system for our home use only. I am already done installing the new set of television which I opted to mount it in the wall for a space-optimizing idea. And just very recently, I have acquired our karaoke player already. Although I do not have the speaker set and an amplifier, at least I can try this out using our old speakers.
However, I only encountered one minor problem. I do not know how to operate this microphone with a desk mic stand. So basically, I need to grab the user manual of this mic.
But good enough, I need not to because of my hubby’s help. He already reviewed the manual himself so I won’t have difficulties manipulating the mic. And so for me to use the mic with ease then.
Homeschooling has been a trend nowadays especially for parents who have ample time to attend to their kids. Most of them are home based workers and staying and teaching at home with kids is another option for them.
This is actually one idea which I am considering for my son right now that I am just at home. But I am not sure if homeschooling works for him actually. I am still trying to study homeschooling books to at least have me in mind how to manage kids in homeschooling.
But while looking for great resources online, parents’ guides for homeschooling parents, I am stuck at learning how to use a behringer s16 for the karaoke set which I am yearning to have. The day ended up having a karaoke with my son.
I am no fan of novels nor even having the interest of reading one. There are a lot of English novels at home but those never hit my interests.
However, just very recently, while sporting for kids musical books at a book shop nearby, I bumped into a novel, a musical one. It is the Guitar Notes by Mary Amato.
Here’s the summary of the novel.
On odd days, Tripp uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect–she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected. What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.
By just merely reading the summary of the novel, one can imagine a setting where the characters fall in love by and with the music, the songs they are playing. Isn’t it great to feel like being loved and in-loved much even more when music also plays a role?
Sometimes, I also put myself in the characters’ roles and even put more spices on it like thinking that we are in a guitar center sessions attending a music class and with the one I also been longing to love and be loved. Oh well, I think I need to stop daydreaming.
Anyway, the novel seemed really great. So grab a copy of this one now and start falling in love with music.
My son is still 2 years old but already been inclined to singing and dancing. I can’t say he is a good singer nor dancer but at least he is eager to learn how to. I bought him an electric toy guitar and somehow he is enjoying it. For now, I am thinking of having him a toy book of guitar songs for kids. But I am not certain with that idea yet since I know he doesn’t know how to read yet.
Guitar Songs for Kids (image from musiciansfriend.com)
But the book that I am hooked at of having for him is such a great book for kids. Maybe I will just have him a book soon, as soon as he can read and know already how to play the guitar, not just the toy ones.
Summer time is the best time for kids and teens to enroll in a summer classes on music or even on academic classes like Mathematics, Sciences and more. But for others who have tighter budget and just opted to study at home and try to learn music from online books and learning materials, this woodwinds brass wind book is such a useful tool to use.
Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute by Edward Joffe
Here’s an excerpt of the book:
Woodwind Doubling for Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute is a 400 page comprehensive study of the art of multiple woodwind performance divided into four parts—Historical, Pedagogical, Musical Excerpts, and Essential Resources. Recommended by woodwind artists such as Gary Foster, Ted Nash, Dan Higgins and Lawrence Feldman, the book examines each of these areas in great detail and offers the aspiring “doubler” as well as the seasoned professional insight into a sector of the music industry that has previously received little or no attention in the media or press. Interviews with noted doublers from across the U.S., extensive research, and the author’s own experience from over forty years as a successful New York doubler and music educator has served as the basis for this work.
Part One traces the evolution of the woodwind multi-instrumentalist from its origins in fourteenth-century Europe to the invention of the saxophone in the nineteenth century and ultimately to the popularity of the saxophone in twentieth-century America. An examination of the twenty-first century music industry and the saxophone doubler’s prospects for employment is presented.
Part Two deals with several aspects of performance and study. An efficient, ergonomic approach for the saxophone, clarinet and flute family of instruments is offered along with specific exercises for breathing, embouchure, and articulation development. Recommendations for studying and practicing are provided. This section concludes with an in-depth discussion of how to select, prepare, adjust and preserve reeds. Musical excerpts are provided as a means for gauging one’s success during the adjustment process.
Part Three involves musical excerpts from commercial, jazz, classical and rock idioms with specific advice on how to achieve success in executing these styles. Transcribed solos by some of the greatest woodwind performers that demonstrate the levels of musical sophistication required of doublers concludes this section.
Part Four outlines essential study materials, necessary gig equipment, woodwind artists to study in diverse musical styles, recommended recordings, and tips for succeeding as a woodwind multi-instrumentalist. A thirty-five year retrospective of Broadway musical orchestrations with emphasis on the use of woodwinds is given in order to help the reader understand the prospects and requirements for work in the musical theater.
This book is available at http://joffewoodwinds.com/books/woodwind-doubling-saxophone-clarinet-flute/.