Thursday, August 11, 2005

Well folks, I'm at a loss for words. So pictures will have to do.

My legs are doing what generally happens about 10 days after this:

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We are going to do a concert this afternoon in this:

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And I think I'm going to try to do my hair like this:

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Or this:

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Now that I've pictured you all out, I feel like writing some words.

I don't have anything particular to report on my trumpet playing, only that the concert I had to (mostly) sight read after about 10 days without practice went surprisingly well. I'm still working out of the Balanced Embouchure Book by Jeff Smiley.

On guitar, I have changed a few things. As most of you know, I study mostly flatpicking, even though I'm not that great at it. I emailed the guitarist from the Bluelight Special Bluegrass Band, Jordan Tice. I got an email back! He mentioned that he plays with his hand free above the guitar; he doesn't use his pinky to anchor his hand. All this time I had been anchoring, but just recently my pinky has started giving me problems. It gets stiff, and if I play for too long it aches. So I'm thinking I need to change my hand position a little. I'm trying to start slow with everything again; changes take time. Also, yesterday my left wrist started clicking. It's happened before, even when I wasn't practicing much, but it's very annoying and I'm going to try my best to see that it doesn't happen because of bad hand position. I'm not sure, but I think the thumb hook position might be incorrect, even though I've heard many flatpickers advocate it. I may need to rest my thumb only on the back of the neck.

Ok...that was probably boring to all you non-musicians, but since this is my journal, it's here!

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