Completing a first draft led me to neglect my blog. But it turns out that flow feeds in in multiple ways.
This week it´s been great to have a new student. Combining piano, and English (I´m here in Spain, where learning English is more of a psychological trauma than a language). Apart from the pleasure of getting to know someone new, (competent and busy engineer with a family) it´s always good to be reminded of basic facts. Like, no-one is an absolute beginner. There´s always a desire to play, usually showing in childhood: and often a block – in this case, finding it hard to understand written music. There´s a starting point – something he or she can already play, or would like to. And lots of things to get right first off: how to sit well, how to hold yourself – ok guys, I didn´t mean that – and I´ve covered it in my book, and that´s reassuring for me.
It encourages me to hope that people will find it easy to access the resources in the audiobook in the same way as when I´m sitting next to them at the piano. You remember a tune you picked out once? Ok, let´s hear it. What key is it in? How can we identify this? Listen for the key note / construct the scale: or check out which scale has the same notes in in the scale table. You want to play something to go with it in the left hand? Let´s see what chords naturally occur in that key. How I´m longing to be able to bring out this audiobook as a multimedia experience where you can just click on links! I´m battling to make it linear and sequential, when it really needs to be four dimensional!