I’ve been a little quiet on the blog recently. It’s been a mix of being busy as well as messing with things a little out of my reach musically. On the first point, life is back in a fairly normal swing here, and I’m not so exhausted coming home as I was for a few weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my music habit more faithfully again. Despite my grumpiness, I know I’m fortunate to be able to complain about work during these times. I hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected, and that music is keeping you company, whether you’re the player or the listener.
I said I was wanting to practice guitar more before getting back to writing, but I should have known better. I’m a composer at heart. I wrote a little melodic practice today, and I think I’m slowly figuring out what I’m trying to do with my writing more and more. I got the accompaniment recorded today, but didn’t have time for the melody. Yes, this one is simple guitar behind harmonica again, because well I like that pairing, and because I just wanted to get this down and recorded quickly rather than making a nice arrangement and working that up.
But don’t worry. I also have the beginnings of a larger work for solo Russian guitar on the drawing board as well. I’m trying to envision the dramatic narrative of the piece first, get ideas down, refine the narrative, then music. This is a different approach than I’ve tried before. I feel like I’m loosely writing a tone poem though I’m sticking to more classical forms, and I kind of like that feeling. I’m excited to see where it goes in the long term.
Finally, about my second point, in practicing guitar, I’ve been pushing myself a bit recently. It’s good to work on things a little outside your reach. These are the pieces that push you to improve your technical skills, but unfortunately for my blog, they don’t lend themselves well to recording and sharing. The other side of that coin is working on pieces that are much more in your ability range so you can push and develop your musicality. Once I drift back to that, I’ll probably have a lot more to play with for recording, so look forward to it once it happens.