Friday, August 16, 2013

G major broken chords - from Scotland to Saudi

I started back on the Mozart Minuet in G major.  But I got a bit bogged down around bars 6 and 7, and I'm blaming that on an ability to concentrate properly as I hourly check my inbox for the email with eticket for Saudi attached.  I should have been gone yesterday, but everything there is still going slowly after Ramadan and the Eid.  So it looks likely to be next week now.

I'll have a couple of days in the office in Al Khobar, and then will likely move on to Yanbu.  Teaching actually starts on 1st September, and I'm hoping to be sorted with a flat by then.

I bought the biggest suitcase I could find in TK Max on Sauchiehall St...  But the midi keyboard is slightly too big for it.  So I'm going to have to pay for extra luggage, or take it as hand luggage, or whatever - I don't know what airline it is yet.

I'll get back to Mozart once I'm settled in.  Meanwhile, I'm concentrating on G major scales and broken chords.  I've got the scales, (each hand alone, two octaves, up and down again once) pretty well now. I can even riff on it a bit, getting the fingering out of synch, and getting it back again.  I'm also beginning to understand what a key actually is in a practical way - for example, how much F natural grates on the ears when I'm in G major.

So I've been getting 10 minutes here and there with the G major broken chords.  (This isn't me, but I will get a video in the next couple of days).  Nearly there with RH.  Not sure why, yet, but this feels like it's going to be extremely important down the road somewhat.

The midi keyboard is in its bag, ready to go, however it goes.  I think it's going to be not-bad for learning the Grade 1 pieces, scales etc on.  That is, learning the shape of them on the keyboard.  I'm going to need to get a proper keyboard of some description, somehow, to actually play them all. But the whole business of finding a keyboard in Saudi, particularly in Yanbu, is a closed book at the moment.