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Old 07-22-10, 02:27 PM   #1
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My daughter's first music recital was this morning... :)

She is finishing up three weeks of group classes in beginning guitar. The axe in question is a 3/4 size classical Yamaha I picked up off of amazon.com for her. She's played recorder at school but this is entirely new, learning to read music (and IMHO playing a "real" instrument), keep time, etc. I've been helping her practice, and I've got vid of this morning's recital but will need to chop it up to get it on You Tube.

Practice last night (she was yelling "Davis, stop taking pictures!" at her brother...)



Waiting for recital to start...



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Yeah, I'm a proud dad... she was all antsy to get to her beading class:

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She is finishing up three weeks of group classes in beginning guitar. The axe in question is a 3/4 size classical Yamaha I picked up off of amazon.com for her.
As I am a music educator writing this, congrats and how exciting for her and you!!!

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As I am a music educator writing this, I see you don't know much about music. (Or at least not certain families of instruments.) Yes, they teach recorders in school to young kids, but yes, recorders are by all means real instruments--just as much as a flute, oboe, etc...

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Awesome job from an awesome dad. You and your kids rock! You all look so happy together.
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As I am a music educator writing this, congrats and how exciting for her and you!!!


As I am a music educator writing this, I see you don't know much about music. (Or at least not certain families of instruments.) Yes, they teach recorders in school to young kids, but yes, recorders are by all means real instruments--just as much as a flute, oboe, etc...

Aw thanks

Oh, I know... I've been playing guitar for 30+ years, she's just adjusting to the difference between playing recorder and having to read music (plus guitar is completely different than recorder)...

I really like the music teacher at St. Mary School. I thought the class did an outstanding job for three weeks of instruction and varying levels of experience. She's one of the youngest kids in the class at 8 and entering 3rd grade this fall. I started playing clarinet around 8-9 (didn't start playing guitar until I was 14). Guitar was easier for me as I already knew how to read music/treble clef, time signatures, etc. What really makes me happy about how she's starting out is she already knows that if she's having trouble with a measure or 'messes up' to move on to where she's supposed to be in the music and play with the rest of the group.
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Awesome job from an awesome dad. You and your kids rock! You all look so happy together.
Thanks jsharr. I don't get to see them that often since they live in CT; this is our summer visit time. They go home on Sunday - they've been here almost three weeks - and then we have a week at Disneyland/Southern California scheduled for October around Columbus Day. They're getting old enough to email now and I'm trying to get their mother to have web conferencing set up so we can "see" each other when we talk.

Next summer we'll do a month; I would've done Disneyland next week if I'd planned better, but every hotel was booked, and I don't do cheesy hotels - I'm booked into the Disneyland Grand Californian, which is the only hotel with an entrance right into a park (California Adventure) and its five star. Stayed there before, *well* worth the $$$

This has been a really good visit. They're a lot more mature than last summer (10 and 8 now) and with their mother remarried and seeming to be settled in CT that has seemed to be a good thing.
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I wish I did something like that when I was younger and stuck with it. I've always questioned the whole leg thing. When I was playing electric my instructor said I had to put it on my right leg and I always hated it. Second person told me I didn't need too.
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And they watched me play tonight...



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Oh, I know... I've been playing guitar for 30+ years, she's just adjusting to the difference between playing recorder and having to read music (plus guitar is completely different than recorder)...
Times must have changed--when I learned recorder in third grade (8/9 years old), we had to read notes on the staff, read rhythms, and even compose an 8-measure piece of our own at the end of the unit! Granted, this was circa 1986, so I don't know what they expect from the kids these days...
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Times must have changed--when I learned recorder in third grade (8/9 years old), we had to read notes on the staff, read rhythms, and even compose an 8-measure piece of our own at the end of the unit! Granted, this was circa 1986, so I don't know what they expect from the kids these days...
To show up for school and not riot, I think. Its sad. I don't think music education in *public* schools is as good as it was when I was a student in the 70s. The summer school they attended is at a local K-8 Catholic academy/church. I would put them there if they lived with me, I was quite happy with the school experience.
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I never learned recorder -- never, ever. I didn't play a wind instrument in earnest until picking up my uncle's trombone for 5th grade.

My niece has been picking up flute pretty well, I've been told. She even got notes out of a fife that I bought for her last Christmas.

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great pics, BV - this one is my fave - that's a good big brother.

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Do you still have that lovely strat? it's never too late- I say take that baby out and hold it any damn way you want! The only guitar I ever liked having on my right leg was a Tele - it just felt perfectly balanced to play seated, with the body on the right leg...every other guitar, including Strats, I preferred playing standing up, and had a lot of trouble getting comfy with in a chair. As BV or goobs or other guitarists will attest, classical guitarists traditionally hold the instrument between their thighs, almost like a cello - it facilitates playing technique but it sure feels unnatural to a electric hack like me.

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Sold the strat many years ago. Never could get it to get in tune right on the upper neck no matter how much I played with it (probably should've taken it to a good guitar setup person, but I was young...). The guitar in the pic above is a 2008 Ibanez Artcore AJD-91 semi-hollow jazz guitar. Neck is awesome on it

And thanks for all the props and kind comments. I put 'em back on the plane to their mom yesterday, my daughter's guitar got through the trip OK on the overhead rack...

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To show up for school and not riot, I think. Its sad. I don't think music education in *public* schools is as good as it was when I was a student in the 70s. The summer school they attended is at a local K-8 Catholic academy/church. I would put them there if they lived with me, I was quite happy with the school experience.
It depends entirely on where you go. The public school my kids attend happens to have a huge music program, and just built a new aud, recording studio, teaching rooms full of keyboards and hand drums, etc etc. If my son gets the schedule he's trying for as a sophomore, he'll be taking Voice II, Theory II, Jazz band (drumset), Wind Ensemble, group drum lessons, Business of Music, Jazz Choir, and a morning guy's choir of some sort. He and his friends also put together a jazz ensemble on their own time, and the school supports it with practice venue, music resources, teacher access for advisement, and performance time during school concerts. It's all where you go.

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It depends entirely on where you go. The public school my kids attend happens to have a huge music program, and just built a new aud, recording studio, teaching rooms full of keyboards and hand drums, etc etc. If my son gets the schedule he's trying for as a sophomore, he'll be taking Voice II, Theory II, Jazz band (drumset), Wind Ensemble, group drum lessons, Business of Music, Jazz Choir, and a morning guy's choir of some sort. He and his friends also put together a jazz ensemble on their own time, and the school supports it with practice venue, music resources, teacher access for advisement, and performance time during school concerts. It's all where you go.

Congrats to your daughter, you go girl!
That's really cool. Where do you live? I'm originally from Iowa and they still have good music programs in most of the high schools out there... I just got off the phone with my daughter a little while ago; they were out running errands but she was going to get her guitar out and practice as soon as she got home.
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That sounds like my high school. It had just built a new computer center thanks to a corporate grant (this was when the big school downtown had one or two Apple II's as their "computer lab"), with roomfuls of Apples, IBM PS/2s, some Macs, and other labs with CAD/CAM workstations and other cool stuff. In the late 1980's, the place was state-of-the-art; no other school in the city could match it.
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wow. gorgeous guitar!
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wow. gorgeous guitar!
Ibanez, IMHO, makes the best guitars in the world for the money. List on that model is $700something, bought it for $550 retail. They don't make the body style anymore, tho. Too bad... but a lot of people prefer the more traditional ES-335 look in semi-hollow body guitars. But Ibanez is always putting out new stuff...
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Not that anyone may particularly care, but I'm very proud of my daughter as she has continued to practice - on her own, and without any prompting - since she went back to CT last Sunday. This is a good thing!
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Not that anyone may particularly care, but I'm very proud of my daughter as she has continued to practice - on her own, and without any prompting - since she went back to CT last Sunday. This is a good thing!
A good thing? That's amazing! If you could bottle it, you'd make a fortune. My 15 yr old son plans on a musical career, yet he finds the couch long before he finds the practice room.
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A good thing? That's amazing! If you could bottle it, you'd make a fortune. My 15 yr old son plans on a musical career, yet he finds the couch long before he finds the practice room.
I lived at the piano and in the practice room, never touched the couch---and look where it got me.....
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You need just one more hour of practice, then it's all gonna come together.
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