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Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on janvier 17, 2017

The next set of blog posts will reflect a recent work I have composed. Each song from the project will be presented in turn. Because singing sends thoughts into the soul of another person, the choice of text is vital. I look for texts that reflect my notion of the sacred: the wonder of life, love of children, and...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on décembre 19, 2016

I was thinking about Narciso Yepes going blind at the end of his career and how he must have learned music differently. He would have needed to memorize chunks of it after first reading and this reading would have been by looking at the score with a large magnifier. Doing he would have registered the music as...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on octobre 24, 2016

I am sometimes impressed by how much emphasis players put on fingering a passage a certain way. As if there is only one manner to produce a phrase that will give it the right personality. Keeping a melody on single string is one of those habits, as if the melody lived on the strings, not in the imagination of the...

Portrait de tineke veenhoven
on octobre 16, 2016

The New Millbank Trio played at the Riverside Entertainment Center in Miramichi, NB in July 2016, Tineke Veenhoven on alto flute (jazzy improvisation).

Here is the link to the performance: https://www....

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on octobre 10, 2016

Two of the teachers who influenced me the most had the grace to listen as full participants. They took the score in their hands and proceeded to live it along with each player they listened to. Players usually responded by playing better - it is much easier to play well when the person beside you is having a...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on août 19, 2016

Last week I gave workshops at Classical Guitarfest West every morning from 9–10 am. These were labeled as warm-up and technique but I chose to work on concentration.

When we work on pieces repeatedly they improve to a point and then our mind begins to wander. We think of groceries that must be picked up for...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on août 1, 2016

It is useful to think of the music we learn as gifts. Sometimes they are gifts from bygone times, like music from 1820; sometimes they are from living composers. Our mothers taught us to be gracious when receiving presents because it engenders gratitude, which in turn helps the gift cycle continue. Even if we...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on juillet 20, 2016

I believe we have to rehearse differently depending on our state of mind. In order to process lots of data effectively we must be alert and have the necessary energy to do so. For this reason learning new pieces or new habits requires more energy while reviewing older pieces takes less.

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on juillet 11, 2016

Sitting down to practice we might consider what we can learn today. It might be as simple as getting a feel for the piece, or more complicated like keeping to an exam preparation schedule. We might consider our state of mind be it haggard or alert and full of energy. Time constraints are another factor we might...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on juin 30, 2016

…from nests the owls called…” Linda Hogan