I found this book lying on the floor in the hallway of my apartment building. It is Mathewes-Green’s account of a year in a newly-formed Orthodox Christian church in the US, shortly after her conversion from Protestantism.
Parts of the book are quite engaging and I certainly learned much I didn’t know about the Orthodox church, which was basically nothing. Many sections, on the other hand, read like a rather tedious blog on her daily life. I’m afraid I skimmed through quite a bit and it felt much longer than the 200 or so pages it supposedly contains.
This tune is taught on both John Miller’s DVD and on Happy Traum’s DVD. I’ve incorporated elements from both arrangements here. I used a stereo micing position like the last recording, with one mic pointing a little above the spot where the neck meets the body and one pointing at the body just below the bridge.
My Creole Belle
Here’s a fiddle tune I’m learning from Duck Baker’s book and CD. These suckers are hard. This is the easiest one and as you can hear I’m still having some trouble.
For this session I used two mics in a stereo position instead of using one for reverb. I guess I’ll have to get a third mic if I want to keep using this technique and still use a mic for reverb, but the stereo arrangement gets a nice sound I think.
Angeline the Baker
A useful guide to microphones.
I just found a cool piece of music software: Solfege.
Solfege is an open source ear training program where you can practice identifying intervals, chords, scales, rhythms, etc.
A history of night before the Industrial Revolution. Quite good.
If I had to live my life over again I would give serious thought to practicing neuroscience or some related field of inquiry. The mysteries of consciousness and the many puzzles offered by the curious phenomena of intelligence are endlessly absorbing. What’s more, as this NYT article shows, many of the experiments you get to perform are indistinguishable from a Monty Python skit.
Part of my delight in reading these articles is the clear sense that, whatever else neuroscientists, behavioral psychologists, and their many brethren enjoy, they really enjoy messing with people’s heads. And that’s fine work if you can get it.
A short biography of Smith, focusing on his two major works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and The Wealth of Nations.
A new cast of characters but still great fun.
A lovely little tune I learned from Stefan Grossman’s collection. I got two decent takes so I’ve posted them both. The alternating bass line is unusual in that, except for the break in the middle, it goes hi-low hi-low and avoids the root note of the chord.
I got a lot of help learning this one from my former teacher, Vernon Black. The songs in Grossman’s collection are not fully transcribed, and I have trouble figuring out the parts that are left out, especially if they are very different from the transcribed sections. Vernon’s ear could pick them out just fine, though.
You’ve got the Pocketbook, I’ve got the Key — Take 1
You’ve got the Pocketbook, I’ve got the Key — Take 2