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It's been a busy few days, Anne, my friend and colleague from Stokes Valley, arrived in Bromborough on Friday with her partner John. We all went to the Dibbinsdale on Friday evening where we enjoyed a very pleasant meal together. Ian and I went sightseeing with them yesterday, they wanted to go on "the ferry cross the Mersey" so we did that and then we visited both of Liverpool's cathedrals which are a huge contrast to each other architecturally. We took in some shoppping in the city centre and had a quick look at the Albert Dock, before catching the ferry back over the water. Later Anne and John came and shared a meal at our house, this morning they were setting off up north hoping to be at Loch Lomond in time for tea. It was lovely to see Anne and catch up with some news of happenings in the Valley, and to show her a bit of my home turf too. The hour went back here last night which gave me a very welcome extra hour of sleep this morning without making me late for church. I played in music group again, which I just enjoy so much, I think it may be a symptom of how relaxed my lifestyle is just now that I am really enjoying the stress caused by transposing songs at sight without any practise! Had a good chat with a few people after the service, which was nice, and was invited to a meeting next Friday, which I'll probably give a try. We had a quiet afternoon when the boys dashed through their homework ready for school tomorrow. I popped round to Mum's place to have a coffee and a chat with her. Soon we'll be off to the evening service, just time for a quick cup of coffee before we go.


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Oct. 30th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
I like coffee. I also like marshmallows.
Oct. 30th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oct. 30th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
It does sound like you're really enjoying the playing in the group. Can you give me some hints about the transposing thing, because I can't get my head around it, maybe our piano is too out of tune, and Christy wants to play things with me... argh!

Glad you're still having such a good time looking around the place over there.
Oct. 30th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
For a clarinet and piano/guitar/just about any other instrument to play successfully together either the clarinettist has to transpose everything up one tone or the other player has to transpose everything down one tone, so if the piano etc are playing in C major then the clarinettist will need to play to play in D major, if the piano is playing in G major the clarinettist would need to play in A major etc. If you are trying to accompany Christy playing something you would have to play in a key two keys flatter than her, so where the music suggests you should play a C major chord you would have to play B flat major for it to sound right, etc. It sounds very complicated and I wouldn't normally try to descibe it but you did ask! As it the clarinet which is out of step with all the other instrumentsit is usually the clarinettist who has to transpose, in orchestras and in music written for clarinet and piano, the composer will usually do the transposing for you, but in places like church you just have to sort it out for yourself, I started transposing when I was about 14 and ended up transposing all the parts for clarinet for the school orchestra, (mostly during maths lessons!) and by now it's really second nature not really any harder than reading music normally. Anyway if you try it I wish you good luck! (I bet you wish you hadn't asked)
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