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Jul. 10th, 2004

Not much new going on these days. I'm still looking for a job. I've expanded my search to the Los
Angeles area. Although I'd rather not move, I used to live there, and liked it. A friend of mine
who's also unemployed thinks there are more opportunities down there, especially for people who want
to do research-oriented networking projects. (I'm willing to do a commercial networking project,
but my friend isn't.)

Piano practice is going ok for the most part. I can almost play Arabesque at about 100bpm
with proper dynamics and technique. My teacher's goal for me is 110bpm. I am still having some
trouble bringing Spinning Song up to tempo.

I have noticed that I tend to get frustrated more easily with piano practice than singing practice.
For example, in our last concert, my chorus did an a cappella spiritual called All Night.
There aren't that many notes, and the words are pretty simple, but it is a challenge keeping it in
tune while maintaining proper dynamics, etc. I spent a lot of time singing my part repeatedly until
I could do it very softly when needed. (This takes a lot of breath control.) I didn't mind doing
that, but it seems to bother me more when I try to do similar things on piano. I find it difficult
to use different dynamics for each hand. Perhaps I just have more vocal experience, or I have a
better sense of how much practice I have to put into a vocal piece to get it to a performance


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Jul. 11th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it's an issue of which muscles you coordinate more easily. There's been a lot of research into the process of learning instruments, including voice. I find that in my voice studio, there are students who learn more easily how to use their breath (large muscle control) and those who learn more easily how to change vowel formation for formant, and have excellent, clear diction (small muscle control). Piano is much more about small muscle control - the thing you describe in your chorus is breath (big muscle control). No surprises there to me :-)
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