Monday 23 January 2012

Versatile Blogger Award (part 1)

Nuno is another regular at the Guitarnoise forums, and writes (or more accurately draws) the Vinyl Eraser blog. He's also possibly the only person who actually reads this blog (Hi! Well, that's not strictly true.) and passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to me (thankyou). This gives me a slight dilemma, first I usually avoid chain memes, but this is quite a nice idea which I'd be happy to pass on, except that second I don't really read any blogs regularly, certainly not enough to recommend 15 to anyone. So The Plan is to hold this in reserve until some point in the future. In the meantime, look forward to my attempt to repair a water damaged Pocket Pod...

Sunday 15 January 2012

Ear training, phrase training in Fedora

One of many gaps in my early musical education was good ear training, something I'm now working on fixing. Real tone-deafness is rare, so unless you've actually been tested for it the odds are that if you can't pick out a major from a minor seventh it's because you haven't had enough practice doing it. Fortunately there are now lots of resources you can use to get that practice, so here's a quick round-up of things you can do in Fedora, with a little foray into looping for phrase training.