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Stuck Between

Posted on 2006.02.23 at 22:54
Current Music: the end of all you'll know ~GitS: SAC OST3 Soundtrack
Between the concert, a harp breaking, extra rehearsals for a concert in a couple of weeks, my Japanese homework, waitressing, teaching, and trying to stay awake to drive I did not get the paper written for a Japanese competition. I wanted to, but my brain was so fried I didn't come up with anything until a couple of hours ago and it's really too late to spring a paper and recommendation on my teacher this late. I was sad about it for about twenty minutes and now I'm over it, so I guess I'm okay with it?

I'm torn once again between foreign language and music. I've wanted to learn harp since I was in the third grade, but it was never possible until now. If I leave the district I won't have the opportunity again until I can buy my own harp. That will only cost about 20,000 dollars. However, after next year I'm not sure how I can continue to study Japanese and I've waited since I was a freshman in high school to study it. I've fallen hopelessly in love with both and I'm sick of having to fight for them. In the past it was worth it, getting to study French and music, but I am nine hours short of that degree in German and that is a little frustrating. I'm sick of never getting to really focus on the things I want to simply because the structure of learning institutions does not fit my interests. Then again, I probably have fairly specialized interests.

I get to pick out a poem in Japanese for a different competition. ^_^ And practice for the kanji bee. -_- I also get to get my harp back tomorrow--I miss it even though it's only been two days. I want to play. If I could I would probably play for hours right now. I've just felt like crying today and I'm not sure why...stupid emotions. I want to play Habenara Gris! And I want to read that poetry...but alas! To bed I must go for I teach early in the morn.

Let me correct that: I get to watch someone teach things incorrectly and try not to say anything. I actually asked my best friend about vibrato. By the way, if you don't know music this next bit will make no sense. This guy is teaching vibrato as a way to cover up poor intonation. He's band, not strings, so I asked my friend, a clarinetist, if in band vibrato is used to cover up poor intonation. She'd never heard of such a thing. This seems to be a common misconception with band folk teaching strings. I can't figure out where this thought came from...I mean, vibrato is used to ENHANCE the sound, not cover up mistakes. So the kids can't play a scale in tune--one octave mind you--so he has them practice them with vibrato despite being told that will defeat the purpose of the scale and that if you use vibrato at district, state or national levels you are often marked down.

On a different note, I've been thinking about the Japanese language. Asian languages sometimes have pitch based syllables, which may help develop ears more sensitive to pitch variation than other cultures. This could easily be translated into recognizing and imitating proper pitch and tone in music. Also, amid reading a paragraph of hiragana, I realized much of the language is dependant upon recognizing patterns as they are not sectioned off by spaces or punctuation as often as words are in other languages. This might also help boost musical skills as music is based upon patterns in nearly every aspect. In fact, I can't really think of anything in music that isn't based on a pattern--even if it was made to appear that way. Granted my brain is fried so I may just not be thinking clearly.

And now my brain is empty...I can't wait to get home tomorrow. Maybe I will take a nap.


se_ga_hikui at 2006-02-24 05:51 (UTC) (Link)

Nihongo no contest

Ganbatte yo! :D

[I would have done the kanji/hiragana, but XP is being stupid about my language files]

Let me know when/where it is, and I'll come watch! :D
(Anonymous) at 2006-02-27 03:41 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nihongo no contest

オレタノルふで、土曜日、三月で十五日です。 ^_^
akiko_kalla at 2006-02-28 00:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nihongo no contest

drr...that's me by the way...
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