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11 January 2006 @ 09:56 am
I meant to practice my flute yesterday, but I failed to find all the stuff in the box room. We really need to sort it out sometime, neither of us have much idea where anything is and it's badly stacked as well. J helped in the evening, and we found most stuff just not the music stand. But that's OK, as I can use the printer :) I think I'll try and do 3 exercises - I have some evil exercise books by Trevor Wye, in a series called "A Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute". I have the first three volumes on Tone, Articulation and Technique, so I'll do one from each of those. Then 2 or 3 pieces. One of them has to be one of my Grade 8 pieces (the Adagio & Allegro from Sonata in G Major by Handel (Op. 1, No. 5)) as I've always liked that a lot, and another will be an Adagio & Vivace by Telemann (from his Sonata in G minor (Op. 13, No. 1)) from a book of Baroque flute music I bought a while ago and never learnt anything from.

Tried to upgrade OpenOffice last night to 2.0.1 from 1.1.5 ... and discovered they're now using 'native installers' which means they provide rpms for linux. Which doesn't help for Slackware (which doesn't use rpms natively). I eventually found instructions for how to make it work, and there are apparently some third party versions packaged for Slackware. But as it all looked quite complicated or timeconsuming I decided to see if Gnumeric would open my spreadsheets. It did! So I spent a bit of time tweaking cell formats (and playing with the graphing tools, to see how they worked), but our finance spreadsheets are now moved over into Gnumeric and I'll not be bothering with OpenOffice again.

I also did lots of other stuff - housework amongst it - so I feel like yesterday was a really productive day, which is nice :)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
hatter on January 11th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
I install OO2 from someone's slackware package for it, seems happy enough (aside from putting it in /opt), though I might try native compile of source at some future juncture.

the hatter
Margaretpling on January 11th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure it'd work but I mostly gave up because I'd had to spend quite a bit of time hunting down the documentation for installation (which they helpfully no longer included in the download), and then it didn't look immediately straightforward (either I had another big download or umpteen steps to go through). So I figured I'd try the app that Dropline Gnome just installs for me, and given it worked that saves me effort in the long run :)
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pycpyc on January 14th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)

Ooh, I used to play the flute too (among other instruments), but I mainly play the piano. Do you know how to play anything else (and don't say Q4 or the like - heh)?

Margaretpling on January 14th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Flute is the one I think of as 'my' instrument - I started when I was 8, and had lessons right through till I left school at 18. I carried on playing semi-regularly at least until I graduated from uni. I also had lessons on bassoon and piano from when I was 13 till I was 16 or 17. I sucked at the piano so much that my piano teacher decided to teach me singing instead ;) Something about co-ordinating left & right hands that were doing different things at different times was beyond me. I did quite well at the bassoon, but taking it up again is rather intimidating as I didn't have lessons or play it regularly as long as I did the flute, so I've slipped right back to needing to relearn the fingerings for the notes :/ And I'd need to learn to read bass & tenor clef all over again.

I had abortive lessons on the oboe for about a term when I was 13, before the school offered me the chance to learn the bassoon. After nearly fainting in two lessons I decided oboe wasn't for me ;) Partly the teacher's fault though, not the instrument's. As I'd been playing flute for a while I had decently developed lungs & breath control, but he wanted me to breathe at every breath mark in the exercises (spaced for total novice wind players) and he wanted me to breathe out everything that was left before I breathed in. There wasn't space in the music to breathe back in after I'd got rid of the lungfull of air I still had ;)

What else? Umm, recorder - everyone at my primary school learnt descant recorder to some degree. My parents have a collection of recorders so I've played around with descant, alto, tenor & sopranino recorders at various points. And J & I own an alto saxophone, a trumpet, an acoustic guitar & an electric bass guitar as well as the flute & bassoon. I can stumble along through basic exercises on the trumpet for a short time, and a little bit better on the alto-sax though not much. I keep meaning to sit down and learn to play the bass or the acoustic, but haven't ever really got round to it.

That makes me sound oh-so-musical, but my sense of pitch is lousy enough that I'd never've got very far if I'd tried to do anything beyond amateur level :)
pycpyc on January 15th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)

I am jealous that you have an alto sax. I had wanted to play that instead of the clarinet, but there weren't anymore. Of course, I was able to learn quickly so I got to mess about with everything else.

Oh yes, the days of the recorder... Did you get to play the handbells too?