The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Constant, which would be something rather unvarying…
The idea of something constant made me think of a metronome, which, after all, provides a constant rhythm, and is a constant companion to the musician looking for just that beat!
I photographed a metronome a couple of years ago for a show at a music school…
This was taken with a single exposure, setting my flash to provide a series of bursts that I dialed in to get the timing just right. With a bit of control, I managed to keep the background solid black, so that there was very little editing to be done.
What is your constant companion? Have a wonderful day!
As many of you are aware, last weekend I was at a guitar workshop for the entire time. Even though I have only been playing for about 3 1/2 years, I wanted to see what the experience of focusing on guitar playing for an entire weekend would bring. It was truly enjoyable, as well as educational!
The weekend started on Friday, as the five students gathered at a wonderful location near the coast of Massachusetts in Essex; after a wonderful dinner (the chef did a great job all weekend), we gathered for some informal jamming, playing an assortment of classics ranging from Tom Petty (what a loss) to the Beatles. This was a great way to start and Janet, our teacher, talked about her plans for the weekend.
On Saturday, after a jog and breakfast, we started on songwriting skills with an excellent variety of exercises to get our minds engaged and open to writing lyrics. With a bit of time spent on song structure and the narrative of songs, we created some rather interesting songs by writing a line at a time and passing the task on to the next person in line; this underscored the benefit of clarity in getting the idea across in each line.
The second part of the morning, included an exercise in co-writing, which was highly enjoyable. In this exercise we first wrote the lyrics, after which we worked on the melody; melody is best worked on without the guitar by singing the song in an effort to find what sounds good. Once we had the basic melody, we worked on the chords that would support the melody. A great exercise, and even though our song is not likely to be a hit, I felt pretty good about my first song, and really excellent about the process and interaction.
In the afternoon, we focused on performance skills, which was in preparation for open mike in the evening. Set structure, audience interaction, how to start that first song in your set and others were the topics of this session. The level of this session was likely to be a bit too advanced for where I am in my guitar development, but still had a lot of valuable learning in it.
On Sunday, after another light jog and breakfast, we started on voice maintenance and development; as I’m one of those people who were told that they couldn’t sing as a kid (and told to mouth the words), this was very interesting and probably most useful of all sessions. This led us to singing harmonies and playing together as an ensemble, in which we played different voicings on our guitar to create a more interesting palette within a song. After a number of exercises, and lunch, we took what we learned to play and sing a number of songs together. My favorite among these is Crosby, Stills and Nash’s Helplessly Hoping, in which our harmonies came together pretty nicely!
All in all, this was a great weekend! If anything, I would have liked to have worked more on guitar playing skills, which is something that I will look at more closely with any future workshops.
Welcome to the 62nd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! I have to say that I’m glad that I went with the theme of Music, as your posts were a joy to read!
Many of you took a path that I expected to some degree, and your creativity in how you portrayed what music means to you and the impact that it has on your lives was wonderful to behold. Some of you presented music and instruments that I didn’t know about, which was fascinating! One really stood out, as Miriam’s post in Out an’ About even included a recording of her singing a fantastic song!
Thanks to each and every one of you for your great contributions!!
Here’s an image from my collection of performers of music…
Portrait photography can be a lot of fun, as you get to control everything from the light to the pose. Despite the desire for control, sometimes, an impromptu portrait, such as the one here is very satisfying. You catch the subject in their natural element, being themselves; of course, with performers, the latter is not 100% true, as you’re really capturing the persona that they portray on stage.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
By Sarah kicked things off with a lighthearted post that captures something that most, if not all of us, have done: playing air guitar!
Nicole’s entry in Une Photo, un poéme gives us a beautifully photographed and well-written report on a balalaika performance. Go check it out!
pensivity101 tells us about the influence that music has on her life, particularly, playing the piano!
Miriam’s post in her blog Out an’ About is simply magical, as she not only shares her thoughts and photos about music, but she also graces us with a recording of her performing a song that is inspired by a poem written by one of her friends.
Raj’s post in his blog XDrive shares a beautiful set of images of his daughter performing an intricate dance, filled with wonderful facial expressions. Just lovely!!
ARHtistic License shows us a wide array of musical instruments and implements; I particularly like the dulcimer!
Cee has some great images in her post in Cee’s Photography; I really like the sheet music, which looks truly old!
Roaming Urban Gypsy has a wonderful blog with street photography, which is well represented in their entry for this week.
Miriam shares photos of some of her performances in Showers of Blessing and tells us about her hero!
Stella’s images in Giggles & Tales tell us a story of instruments, the music they bring forth and the places where this music occurs!
Bushboy has a wonderful collection of guitars and music in his post in Bushboy’s World, as well as a great work of art!
Judith shares her experience of going to the opera in Milan in her post in Nature Knows Best; she was in for a surprise! As a bonus, we get to find out who her favorite violinist is!
Welcome to Week 62 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
Last week’s entries were absolutely spectacular! I expected to see a great turnout with the theme of Unusual, and you blew my mind with those creative, funny and intriguing entries. As I was thinking about this week’s theme, I was leaning toward something rather tricky, which I may still use at some time in the future, but decided to expand the reach of the challenge a bit with Music.
Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans. As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!
One way of capturing music for reproduction is shown here…
This image is from about 5 years ago, when we were challenged to provide some appropriate wall decor for a music school that was just opening nearby. Interestingly enough, this is not one of the images that was chosen, even though I thought it to be technically superior to one of my images that was selected.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
I’m looking forward to a symphony of wondrous entries!
On this nice relaxing Sunday, I’m working on getting ready for my first public guitar performance, which is coming up this Thursday. It’s not a solo, so there’s definitely some safety in numbers, as there will be a fair number of us guitarists. We’re doing two songs: We’re Going to be Friends by the White Stripes and Circle Game by Joni Mitchell.
There’s still quite a bit of work to be done to get it to the level that I want my performance to be at, but I have plenty of practice time available, as I’ve taken the rest of the year off.
These little circles will definitely keep me in the mood to keep practicing!
With these little snacks it’s time to get back to this beautiful song. Here’s a great cover that I found:
After a week of fighting some kind of virus that has been giving me a combination of cold and flu symptoms, I’m hoping to shake it on this Sunday. The plan is to get a bit of work done around the house and go for a short hike to get enough fresh air.
Of course, there are lots of great spots to go for a hike around here and I do have a location in mind, such as in this image (it won’t look like this anymore, as this is from earlier in the Autumn season).
It should be restorative to walk through the landscape, as it is a beautiful day. I might even capture an image or two!
Then there will be time for guitar practice, for which I have a specific goal: with this week’s passing of the great Leonard Cohen, I want to spend time on improving my playing of his magnificent song, Hallelujah. There are many great covers of this song by artist ranging from Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright to Jon Bon Jovi, but for my ears, I always like going back to the master…