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PhiliPamInCoventry
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91 of 100  Tue 29th Jun 2021 6:20pm  
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Lesson one, after switching on. Find middle C with your right had thumb. Find the next C above it, with your right had pinky. Rock your wrist between those two notes, humming the natural sound so as to harmonize with both of those notes. You are humming just one note, which sits with both of those notes you are playing. Don't play them together. Rock from one to the other for just five minutes. Your hum will find its common ground. That's the end of lesson one. Carry on with your forum duties. That harmonizing pattern will set like jelly in your mind.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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92 of 100  Tue 29th Jun 2021 6:44pm  
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Just a word of explanation, whilst the jelly sets overnight. Most guitar players are able to hit the big time, with just four chords in each key. That's not hard. There are twelve major keys, oh & there are twelve minor keys. Once the pattern of broken chords starts being absorbed, our minds soon learn that the patterns are the same in every key. Most tunes are made up of those basic four chords, but they are being assembled into the tune from all of the keys. That's the difficult part. But, once our mind has the pattern like jelly, our mind does the searching for us, instead of having to read the notes off sheet music. Now a bit of arithmetic says 4 X 12 = 48. Plus the minors, another 48.That's not bad! Arr? How come the organists playing in those videos, are generating around 12,000 chords. I will use over a thousand in the hymn "Praise my soul the King of Heaven". If I play Over the rainbow, about 5,000. It's the suttle variations that come with practice.
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Helen F
93 of 100  Tue 29th Jun 2021 8:43pm  
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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94 of 100  Tue 29th Jun 2021 10:51pm  
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Hi Helen, I'm being really honest. My weakness with musical instruments is remembering the melody line. I can play any harmony until it comes out of my ears, all day long if needed. I'm so used to playing accompanying rolls, either for singing or in bands, that the melody line wasn't important. An accompaniment is just that, it doesn't duplicate what's being sung, or played by a solo instrument. My vision unreliable sometimes, I simply forget what I'm playing. I've enjoyed some fantastic accompanying rolls over the years. Westminster chapel, with a full military band. The London Emmanuel Choir, I accompanied them there for several years. Whilst at Leeds, at weekends I played the Compton in the Harrogate winter gardens, now a Wetherspoons, organ long gone. Closer to home, Marston Green Maternity hospital, had a compton, that I played on Saturdays, which was a hospital request show. I played for my daughter in laws degree ceremony at Coventry Cathedral. I've so much to be grateful for. I've just thought. I played for several graduations at De montfort. One of the district nurses who came to treat Pam this year, remembered me! I nearly cried. She remembered the Entry of the Queen of Sheba. I loved playing that. It's a show off piece, quite difficult & very fast. This is not me! I wish it was.
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95 of 100  Wed 30th Jun 2021 6:47am  
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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96 of 100  Wed 30th Jun 2021 7:36pm  
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Hi all, & To emphasise that our forum shows no gender preference, you might enjoy this delight. This is not me either.
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Helen F
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97 of 100  Thu 1st Jul 2021 11:54am  
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I think you're trying to misdirect. I think one of these is going to be you and we'll have to guess which one. I think you are the one in the wimple. You've dropped hints that you're a master of disguise. Big grin
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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98 of 100  Thu 1st Jul 2021 1:12pm  
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Hi Helen, Just like our voices, music styles are like fingerprints. I never attempted disguise whilst playing anywhere.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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99 of 100  Sat 10th Jul 2021 6:21am  
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A morning interlude. I first met Richard Hills at the Wolverhampton Town Hall theatre organ many years ago. Some days, to which I'm so guilty of sometimes, there's so much info about everything, that it’s nice to listen to some nothings. Earphones help with hearing the depths of these harmonies, but at least have a relaxing few minutes. The sounds from the past to relax.
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Dreamtime
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100 of 100  Sat 10th Jul 2021 7:16am  
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Philip, they say 'Music calms the soul' and I can listen to mine in most rooms of the house. Classical mainly but I don't close down to a little 'pop' now and again. A joy which both my husband and I used to share.
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