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Author Topic: Duane’s World (A musical journey)  (Read 1014 times)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2019, 04:15:25 pm »
I think when I look back on other instruments that I’ve learned over the years. That the process is always very similar. I just need to remind myself to be patient and vigilant with the process of learning to play that instrument and enjoy the journey a little more.
The first instrument I tried to learn was the harmonica. I was I think about 14 years old and I quickly got discouraged and quit. Then I tried to learn the recorder. I gave up for a while because I couldn’t get to tone I wanted. Then later I picked it up again and all of a sudden I was playing it. Then a few years later I decided to try the harmonica again. This time I bought a couple of books and a CD came with one of them. Then all of sudden I started making progress and haven’t looked back. :)  The same thing happened when I first got the mountain ocarina. I started out very excited and then after a few weeks I started getting discouraged and I got busy with other things. So I put it away for almost a year. :(  Then I decided to try again and to my amazement in just a few days I was making more progress than I had made in over a month of playing several times a week the first time. :)
So I have learned my lesson I hope. ::) I even had the same thought that I had got a bad instrument or something.  :o ;D ::)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2019, 01:42:40 am »
If you want to be one of the best or even just good at something you observe other people that are good at it. In this case we want to learn to play a musical instrument. A Coda EDC flute. So I started observing other flute players that I consider good musicians. Ideally other Coda players. But since this is a new instrument there isn’t very many videos out there to watch.  :(  So the next best thing to watch would be other flute players of other types of flutes. Especially ocarina type flutes.  :)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2019, 12:15:55 pm »
I also decided to go back to school ,sort of. I am studying music again. A refresher course on music and sight reading. A good basic book to get is “How To Play Ocarina” by David Erick Ramos.He even has videos to go along with the book. The ocarina he uses in the book is a 12 hole transverse but the lessons still work quite well.  :)
Now this might sound obvious to some but practicing with with songs you already know will speed up your progress in sight reading a lot.  :o ??? ::)
Hopefully Karl will come up with something similar for Coda some day. ;)
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Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2019, 07:10:54 pm »
It is amazing how much trouble sharps and flats can cause. >:(
It is so easy to get lost when you have sharps and flats. The more you have the worse it gets.  :-\  ???  ;D

Harp Player

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2019, 03:22:38 am »
It is amazing how much trouble sharps and flats can cause. >:(
It is so easy to get lost when you have sharps and flats. The more you have the worse it gets.  :-\  ???  ;D

I agree, I only got up to 3 of each on the MO.  Any more than that and the fingerings just start getting crazy complicated.

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2019, 10:33:02 am »
What makes things worse is I tend to like a lot of songs in minor keys and they tend to have a lot of sharps and flats.   ???  :o  :(  ::)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2019, 07:50:03 pm »
If there’s a disadvantage of the extended range of Coda it is the ability to have even more sharps and flats to play.  ??? :(

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2019, 04:22:13 pm »
I think that a lot of people may be blowing the upper chamber to hard. I know I did.
If you have played other ocarinas you may be used to blowing harder as you go up the scale. The breath curve on Coda is more even than most. It seems the upper chamber needs a little more finesse than the lower one does. To get a good tone.
The Coda has a lot of tonal colors that you can produce with it.
It can sound like a mountain ocarina, a tin whistle, a recorder, and other types of flutes and ocarinas. Which makes it very versatile as a instrument but it can make it more of a challenge to play also. It is a instrument that can grow with you as your skill level increases. :)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2019, 10:59:01 pm »
Part of the journey is finding songs to play on your instrument. The Coda is very versatile and can play a wide variety of music but some just goes extra well. :) 8)
Finding that music is part of the process. Knowing your skill level helps. As your skill level and experience increases your music choices will start to change also. ??? 8)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2019, 11:21:29 pm »
I make a list of songs that I can play and a list that I want to learn to play. I still mainly play by ear but I am starting to pick up music from sheet music now with my new and improved sight reading skills. I just want to encourage people to take the time to learn to read music and study at least the basics of music theory. Who knows, after you finish music 101. You might want to keep going.  ??? ;) 8)

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2019, 11:03:38 am »
Good and Bad practice days.
It is amazing and sometimes frustrating how for no apparent reason one day we can play very well. Even impressing ourselves and the very next day play horrible.  ??? >:( :o ::)

Wendi

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2019, 08:30:04 pm »
I'm enjoying reading this thread!  I love your comments about being patient and the desire to practice.  :) I always liked Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule: 10,000 hours of work/practice to achieve mastery of something.  So we can only get better by practicing, and having patience.

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2019, 12:04:43 am »
I am glad you are enjoying the thread Wendi. :) If you can’t tell. I am a ponderous person that likes to ponder with humorous propensity. :o ??? 8) ::) ;D Sometimes. :) ;)
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Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2019, 04:13:46 pm »
Is it just me or is it sometimes harder and slower to learn new things as we have gotten older.  :o  ??? :( ::)
It is very frustrating sometimes. >:(

Windjammer

Re: Duane’s World (A musical journey)
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2019, 04:26:54 pm »
Oh well. All we can do is our best. I don’t want to dwell on the negative. Life is to short for that. I want to stay positive.  :)