it helps to get out of town


Yesterday Nicholas and I read through some simpler duets together.

I talked to him about improving one’s reading skills by sight reading music that is easy but doing so accurately. At least that’s what I had in mind. Not sure how much of it made sense.

I printed up some goofy duets where his part was pretty easy. We read through a bunch of them. We also began working on one called “Jazz Rondo for Piano Duet” by Stephen Jackman.

It’s a clever little thing that is more interesting than the goofy teaching duets. Jackman designates the A, B, and Coda section. The players skip around and play them in a Rondo order. Interestingly this is exactly how Couperin (Louis and François), Rameau, and other French Baroque dudes lay out their rondos.

We learned sections A and B yesterday.

After that we improvised.


I went to the other (much worse) piano and comped the chord progression from the day before. I

kept this going and gave Nicholas some time to do whatever he wanted to. I really think this is the way to learn this sort of playing.

After a bit, I suggested we change keys. So we worked in F for a while, then G.

This was one of the more fun parts of yesterday for me.

Another happy moment was when I managed to get a more up to date version of the Gormenghast trilogy for my Kindle (thank you, Mark).

I think I am beginning to shake my burn out a bit.

It helps to get out of town.



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