29. March 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

I’d love to get opinions. I’ve reactivated the onswipe plugin for tablets, and I’d like to get opinions: do you like the blog better that way, or do you prefer it look just like the regular blog? I’m still debating. It’s kind of fun to take advantage of the ability to swipe — moving back and forth between things. I do wish, though, that I could change the color and the look of things, and I don’t know how to do anything like that yet. (But hey, they say to keep a brain learning new tasks is a good thing, so maybe this’ll help the old noggin’ yes?) It also makes me realize how many things I set up incorrectly when I began this blog!

Always more work to do ….

Argh! I am now using my iPad and the onswipe plugin isn’t really working. Sooooo … any of you who are viewing this on a tablet … Can you tell me what you see? Please?

Megan will play, but only when she’s being bossed around a lot:

This dog mostly nose what he’s doing, but he ends a little on the sleepy side.

This one doesn’t bother to memorize, but we’ll forgive him, I think!:

This guy’s technique is rather messy, but he did dress for the occasion, so he gets a bit of credit for that!

But sorry, I’m just NOT buying this one. Really now ….

Some instrumentalists think any movement is wrong. Others think no movement shows lack of involvement and/or lack of musicality. I fall somewhere in the middle. Crazy movement drives me nuts. No movement makes me wonder if the musician is even alive or cares at all about what he or she is doing.

How ’bout you?

Here’s a recent review about violinist Robert McDuffie. Obviously the reviewer hates his moving around.

Unfortunately, McDuffie belongs (along with the likes of Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg) to the new school of violinists better heard than seen. Friday night in Overture Hall, his clowning, his pretentious mugging and posturings, were needlessly distracting. (The orchestra’s first violin section was nearly pushed off the stage to give him a space for his prancing about.)

I couldn’t find a video of him playing the Barber, but here’s a TEDx talk he gave, and he plays for us there:

Back in December I’d run across < a href="">an article about Carrie Dennis, principal violist in the LA Phil. People were talking about her movement as well:

Carrie Dennis is easy to notice in the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Yes, she’s the principal violist and deeply respected by her peers. But what makes her stand out are her animated movements during concerts.

Say “symphony orchestra” to people on the street and they’ll think of a mass-musician unit, an aggregate of many — all playing as one, no instrumentalist standing out from the others in a given section, except in a solo passage.

Yet for two years — up on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage — you couldn’t miss Carrie Dennis, even while surrounded by 100-plus other Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians.

Why? Because in most performances, the orchestra’s principal violist pops out of the picture. She dives down on a given accent, thrusts into the heart of it with startling vigor, her head impelled to her knees, her elbow raised high as she strikes her bow across the strings. By the final cadence, her neatly arranged hair is flying loose. Whatever it takes.

I can’t find a more recent video of her. This is from back in 2007:

But really, if you want to see someone in motion (I think I’ve posted this before), here’s an oboist who certainly moves a lot:

And these guys do a bit of moving as well:

I’m just fine with it … they are too fun to listen to and watch! But I do tease students if it looks as if they are trying to take flight by flapping their arms. So yes, sometimes it’s too much for me.

29. March 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

the things we do for our kids! Spending my lunch hour to bring Cody a “medium hard” oboe reed at school since the one I bought him Monday is too soft and is sharp. Sigh….But he is worth it!

29. March 2011 · Comments Off on ACappellaTuesday™ · Categories: ACappellaTuesday™

Kartiv2’s 3rd collab – 40 youtubers singing take 5

29. March 2011 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

I think guys who play flute,clarinet of oboe are a little weird…

29. March 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Ramble

Hey there … I added a plugin here that is supposed to be better for the iPad. I put it up. Took it off. Put it back up. And I’m guessing no one noticed because it’s 1:17 AM (Yikes! Why am I awake?!) here. But if you do use an iPad I want opinions. Do you prefer looking at the blog in traditional form, or do you like this plugin that allows you to do things the cool way an iPad user does? (I’m guessing this works for tablets other than the iPad too, right?) Would you rather it look like the “original” blog? (I wish we could at least choose the color scheme, to be honest.) Fill me in if you get a moment. Thanks!

To the rest of you … well … carry on. Breathe. Do stuff. And just ignore this particular post. 😉

Hmmm … is the plugin even working now? I reactivated it, but I’m sure not seeing it on my iPad. Odd.