HoLa Hora Latina Virtual First Friday Exhibit / June 2020
“Remember Your Pencil”
Acrylic on 16 inch by 20 inch Claybord
Remember to have a pencil with you during practice, lessons and rehearsals and USE it.
My last teacher marked bright Pink Pen dots by the phrases I needed to still practice.
My son’s last piano teacher marked up his music with a different color of pencil every week.
Some of his pages looked like xmas tree decorations.
“Repeat Correctly Repeatedly”
16 in. by 20 in.
Hey Big Fella,
The ‘Phant in the Cella
You’re Playing the Notes All Wrong!
Replay Correctly 5 Times in a Row or All Day Long.
Play ‘Til You’re Blue
Then Perform for a Few Peanuts.
Acrylic, 16in. by 20 in.
Practice Fast Phrases or Pieces
faster than recommended tempo.
When you back off to the given tempo,
it won’t sound rushed and you’ll be more relaxed.
Acrylic and Oil
24 in. by 18 in.
Sir and Miss.
Sir and Miss Who?
Sir Prize and Miss Take!
When Performing, keep the beat going in the event of any surprises or mistakes.
“Hard Spots or Target Practice”
Acrylic and Paper
18 in. by 24 in.
Be smart and focus on the hard spots within your music,
rather than practicing the whole piece every day.
Acrylic, 50 in. by 36 in.
“Embrace Your Obstacles”
Acrylic 16 in. by 20 in.
Not For Sale
Embrace Your Obstacles (or should I say Your HardSHIPS)
Stay calm, and love and learn from the journey to a solution. For example, if you are having trouble reaching a high note while playing softly on the flute, figure out how much air you need, what direction to blow, how to move your jaw, until you just barely obtain that note.
Then figure out what more it takes to get that note in tune with good tone.
Lesson from Shelley Binder, UT Knoxville Emeritus Flute Professor,
Great Grand Daughter of Titanic Survivor
” Practice the Tail End“
Acrylic on 20 in. by 24 in. canvas
When working on a music piece, the end usually gets practiced less, making it the weakest.
Spend a week just practicing the last page or half page of the music to strengthen it.
Note that the “tail” of a whale is actually called a fluke.
Mixed Media on Clayboard
12 in. by 16 in.
“Major Scales Weighs Her Augmented
and Diminished Notes.”
Placing the major scale names in a circle, you can find each consecutive scale starting with C Major. The FIFTH note (or up 7 half steps) of C is G. The fifth note of G Major is D. The fifth note of D Major is A, and so on until you go thru all 12 scales in the circle and come back to C Major.
“Economy of Motion”
Mixed Media, 24 in. by 18 in.
Keep fingers (or bow) as close as possible to the instrument so they are poised and ready for the following note. This is a handy habit to be in when you have a fast or difficult passage to play. In the painting – Birds on fingers lifted too high are falling off!
“Duck Duck Goose, Duck Duck Goose, Oops”
Acrylic, 18 in. by 24 in.
Relationship between Major and Natural Minor Scales.
Lowered 3rd, 6th and 7th.
“Ribbit. That ain’t Natural. Issit!?”
Acrylic 20 in. by 16 in.
A small instrument called the machete developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal was brought to Hawaii in the late 1800’s by Portuguese immigrants. They moved to Hawaii to work in the sugar fields, and became the 1st makers of the Hawaiian “Ukulele”.
Ukulele translates into jumping flea. One story is because the fast fingers looked like jumping fleas on the fingerboard. King Kalakaua loved the instrument and promoted its use in royal functions to re-ignite interest in Hawaiian culture.
The ukulele made an impression at the Panama Pacific Int’l Expo in San Francisco in 1915. US companies began making “ukes”, and their popularity rose, as they became an icon of the jazz age. They were not widely used between the 1930’s and 1990’s in the US, after which they made a popular come back. Canada was the 1st country (after Hawaii) to use ukuleles in school programs.
“Can You Grow Plants with Your Music?”
Acrylic 16 in. by 20 in.
“A New GMO”
Acrylic 18 in. by 24 in.
Dog plays trombone overtones
Messaging milestone plant hormones;
Sowing columbines into columbones.
We hear dalmations howl at tone vibrations
Columbines change naturally with years of mutation.
Or rather reproductive isolation causes speciation
Playing evolutionary roles in our education.
“Carefully Picking Our Way”