Friday, February 24, 2017

Brothers and sisters

Baby T burst into the bathroom to inform me excitedly, "Brothers and sisters can be great friends!"

This is something she had just learned from Bear in the Big Blue House.

Baby T's math

I wasn't around to see this, but my husband reports that Baby T has been displaying some math precocity.

There were a number of different examples.  Baby was asked how many fingers our household has and she said "five tens."  She also calculated the number of eyes family members have by counting invisible dots.

This is all very curious, because Baby T's grasp of the names of numbers above 10 is very shaky.

Dash buttons

I see Amazon wants us to get a Dash button for buying Tastybites microwavable Indian food and Aquila red high G ukulele strings.  Not bad, Amazon.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Scarborough Fair

I can hear something coming from upstairs that sounds a lot like "Scarborough Fair."

Good job, D!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yet another ukulele II

C put new strings on D's loaner ukulele for him and gave him a tuner.  My husband put a hook on the wall in D's room, and now it's up on the hook.

I'm still waiting for his Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 to come.  Other than that, he's all set--it's strung, he has a hook, he has a case and he has a tuner.

Valentine's again?

Baby T wants to know when it's going to be Valentine's Day again.

Baby T wants music lessons

Baby T was just telling me she wants to have C teach her ukulele and asked when that could happen.  I told her in a few months (I was planning to try that this summer).

Baby T continued, "I want to go to Guitar Center and have a lesson with C!"  Guitar Center, sadly, does not teach 4-year-olds.

Yet another ukulele

Here's the new ukulele that C bought with a combination of cash and money from her ukulele fund:

http://www.ukuleleplace.com.au/snail-ebony-concert-ukulele-with-gig-bag-ukc-t483/

We got it used for $99 that at Guitar Center.  C's favorite go-to ukulele is also a Snail and both she and her teacher thought that this one is the best they've seen there.  We don't quite know what it's performance capabilities are going to be, because it's strung wrong.  It's going to be a long-term loan for D so that he has one in his room.

This is our household's 8th (!) ukulele, but you'd be surprised how much use they get.  A friend's kid is borrowing one, this new one is for D to borrow, C often has one at school for music class, and I usually bring 5 or 6 to ukulele club.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pancakes and running

This morning, we woke up to the smell of C frying pancakes.

Later in the morning, D ran a 5k race and came in 2nd in his age class.  This is the first time he has run in a public race, although he has participated in rock climbing competitions.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New stuff

C's kind of between ukulele books at the moment, but she's been working on the Star Trek Deep Space 9 theme and has just started Ondrej Sarek's Jewish Songs for C Tuning Ukulele.  I'm very excited for her to learn Tumbalalaika.

She and D did an hour (!) of ukulele lessons together today.  Apparently, D has started working on Scarborough Fair and Amazing Grace.

Monday, February 6, 2017

New rabbit hole

I found a new rabbit hole by doing a search for "sephardic ukulele" on youtube.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February ukulele club

C and I did our February ukulele club meeting.  It was going to be outside, but it was so chilly that we wimped out and C begged us some space in the school library.  It's really nice in the library, but probably not going to be a routine thing.  There were only two other girls plus C, but I thought they did some good work.

C asked me to tune up the ukuleles while she made inquiries about the library and I turned a gear, turned a gear, turned a gear until PING I broke the string.  Oops!  Apparently, I needed to turn the gear in the other direction...I've ordered a new set of strings.  (That set was four months old, so it was about time.)

C is also getting ready for a school fine arts night.

She's kind of between books right now (having just wrapped up From Lute to Uke), but we're hoping her teacher is able to find some Star Trek theme music for her.  If that's not possible, I have the following books available:

There are a number of pieces from the Jewish Songs book on youtube.  They have a very interesting sound.  Sarek, the arranger, isn't a ukulele virtuoso, though, so while they get the idea across, he's not a very polished performer.

I've listened to quite a number of the 20 Spanish Baroque Pieces on youtube and they are absolutely exquisite.  Here's a clip of the arranger (Rob MacKillop) performing one.  I'd really like C to try to get a handle of the campanella technique, which produces a harp-like effect.

The 101 Licks book covers blues (it's actually mostly blues), country, bluegrass, and rock.  I think it might provide C a nice bag of tricks for use in her school instrumental music class.  

C also has a Star Wars theme music book she hasn't worked with much yet.

It is usually kind of tricky getting C into a new book.  It is a pretty big commitment, after all--she spent about half a year working through the Lute to Uke book.