Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bad Cats and Music

Oh my gosh, I feel like I haven't slept in three days! Now that the cats have had a taste of spring they have cabin fever and I am harassed all night long! I don't even think they know what they want from me half the time, but they want me awake in case they figure it out. I've tried locking them out of the bedroom but the noise of their incessant clawing on the door is actually harder to sleep through then when they are clawing my flesh (which doesn't feel great but is pretty much silent.)

(((yawn))) Not feeling good.

In other news, I'm making good progress on Beethoven's Pathetique. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my keyboard? Definitely one of the coolest presents I have ever gotten. It's the Casio wk-200 and it comes programmed with dozens of tutorials that break the music down into tiny parts, and break those down by left hand and right hand. I think anyone could learn to play the piano with this thing! After I make it through a couple more tutorials, I'm going to try to learn how to read music. I'm totally intimidated by sheet music, but since most of the tutorials are abridged versions of the songs, I will have to learn how to read music if I want to play the entire pieces (either that or learn to play by ear, yeah right!)

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Tuesday!


Lauren said...

Lock the cats in the basement... that'll teach them to mess with the boss.

Reading sheet music is a breeze. There are lots of little mnemonics and other tools to help you remember it all but eventually it just becomes second nature. I learned when I was a kid so let me know if you need any help with it (though, I will warn that I can be a terrible teacher sometimes).

Kimberly Cangelosi said...

The basement is a really good idea! I will try that tonight - put a litter box and some food down there and let 'em annoy each other instead of me ;P

I didn't know you could read music! Do you play any instruments or did you learn for choir? Mark took piano lessons when he was younger so he offered to help me out too. Ross is a good musician but he's no help with this because he plays by ear so I'm glad I can get pointers from you guys :)

Lauren said...

I learned how to read sheet music in 3rd or 4th grade and played violin from 5th-12th grades. I also used my skills for choir too. :o)