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Home alone. Jerub's in Melbourne.

I hate being alone at home. I really do. Hearing things, startling at noises I can't immediately identify, all that lovely sort of stuff.

It's been interesting having him gone. I'm not as sooky as I thought I would be, but I certainly feel rather lackluster. I spend much more of the day silent, too. I've been sleeping a lot, and my diet has been crap.

It certainly doesn't feel like Christmas.

...

On the other hand, I have seen quite a few cool people, and gotten some awesome toys. I'm the proud owner of a Yamaha YCL-250 Bflat Clarinet. I've wanted to learn to play the clarinet since I was about 8 or so. I am enjoying figuring out the instrument, although it's occasionally been a touch frustrating. I bought myself a book of boring exercises today, because I was getting rather tired of 'the saints go marching in' and 'mary had a little lamb'. The exercises may not be interesting in and of themselves, but there is at least quite a variety.

Another slightly frustrating thing is that as a new instrument, I do have to break it in a little - so only 20-30min a day for me for a couple weeks. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as I'm pretty sure that I don't yet have some of the muscles required. That's alright; these things come in time. And I can practice fingering any time.

This is the first time I've learnt a new instrument since I was 4. It is a bit of an odd feeling, to say the least. I can already read music quite well, and on my first instrument (piano), the music I'm looking at is, to say the least, simplistic. I strongly suspect my previous training in moving my fingers independently and in sequential combinations is helping me with the new instrument. That, or clarinet is a really easy instrument to learn. I have so far managed to not make too much in the way of horrible noises. I managed to play a scale the other day. I'm hoping to start lessons in February, so I don't teach myself too many bad habits. I'm vaguely considering doing examinations - but I suppose that will have to wait until I know a little more about the instrument and the process.

Anyway, it's certainly been something to occupy at least a part of my day.

Date: 2008-12-28 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistymoose.livejournal.com
Yay! Clarinets are awesome, a good introduction to woodwinds I played throughout high school, renting one, but never bough one :(. They are somewhat easy, kind of like a giant recorder, but it is still quite easy to make it sound bad.

Apparently a more mathematical mind finds it easier to read music, so there you go.

Date: 2008-12-28 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittycat-black.livejournal.com
When Matt went away for a month in October I was suprised that I didn't get as sooky as I thought I would too. In the past I definitely would have had a harder time coping. Still, I totally missed him though... and it was pretty awesome meeting him at the airport when he came back. Kind of like seeing him for the first time again. ^_^

Date: 2008-12-29 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyros-au.livejournal.com

ah, the joys of a transposing instrument. "hey, that note you played that sounds like bflat? yeah, it's actually c. hah! and to make composing worse, i'm gonna be special and make you have to compose me in a stupid key like a-flat minor because you want every one else in b-flat minor. because i'm *special*."

gah. and then they go and design the fucking saxaphone, where they seemingly randomly chose which notes *sound* like c (but aren't). i mean, i can put up with the rest of the transposing instruments being fucked up like that (they get the excuse of "but we were designed long ago". not a good excuse, but i realise how much extra work it'd be to untranspose them), but saxaphones? they were designed in the 1890's. if the dude who designed them wasn't dead, he should be shot.

as you may have noticed, i fucking hate the concept behind transposing instruments. if, you know, they could realise that the pitch that sounded like middle c *was actually middle c* then it'd make composer's lifes a whole hell of a lot easier. it's also why i dislike most woodwinds. not because of the sound, but because of the STUPID concept behind their notation, and the fact that *EVERYONE ELSE* in the band has to be fucked around by them.

but i'll cut this rant short before i just devolve into spouting random vulgarity at the fucking STUPDI concept.

Date: 2009-01-02 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sbw.livejournal.com
In defence of woodwinds, I played flute. Standard flutes are in Concert C. Saxaphone is a PITA, but Clarinet isn't actually too difficult to transpose.

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