Monthly Archives: October 2016


As I approached this Seitz concerto I was a little bit stunned.  Listening to Preucil play the piece on the CD prior to starting in on it the thing seemed a bit impossible.  While the Suzuki recording star always records the tunes faster than I’m able to play them at first, the speed and complexity […]

Canon Go-Round

About eighteen months ago I bought and downloaded some sheet music for Pachelbel’s ubiquitous Canon in D.  I remember writing a post about my early exploration of the piece when first I downloaded it, so I looked it up just now.  The post was optimistic – I thought I would be able to work up […]

Rocky Horror Light

Campy musicals are more or less defined by The Rocky Horror Picture Show – I first saw the classic supported by all its pomp and circumstance at an old theatre in Wichita, KS more than 20 years ago.  It’s a Halloween favorite, though I don’t think the season had much to do with my and […]

Run Puppy

My lesson yesterday was fun – we played through my new Wohlfahrt etude, number four, which Teacher tells me can be thought of rhythmically as run puppy.  It’s all repeating pattern of eighth then sixteenth notes.  Run puppy run puppy run puppy run puppy.  Having a mnemonic for the pattern helps quite a bit.  Though […]

Milestones and Legends

Well I’m late to my own birthday party. I launched Musical Me three years ago Friday, on October 14, 2013.  As this chronicle – now approaching 500 posts – attests, my musical journey has been fulfilling in all the ways I hoped it might, though it’s true that my posts over the past year have […]


In yesterday’s lesson we made it through the rest of the Seitz movement – challenges abound, and I’ll be working on it for a good while – there’s a section of double stops that’s my longest yet by far, and some chords at the end that are exceedingly tough to nail, including one that I’m […]

Make Something; Make Music

I’ve realized that music is paving my way into being a middle aged human.  Don’t worry – I’m not jumping the gun – at barely forty I’d like to  think I’m not there quite yet! But I’ve touched on this journey before – the music of my youth was the music of my God.  I […]

Seitz and More

The new Seitz movement – the First of the Fifth Concerto – is difficult, but also quite fun to work on.  Last week’s lesson took me just a little over halfway through it.  The section I started last week brought a shift from D Major to E Major – my first time working in the […]