1 year ago 🥁 for day 169, 2020 with 354 words.

Blinded: A E C A E C

Days sheltering in place: 93.
Days without ants in the kitchen: 0.
Keyboarding: With my eyes shut.
Biking: 9.1 miles in 30 minutes.

Every day I practice the same few bars from the songs that I can play. It may seem boring but the repetition helps, I make fewer mistakes as my fingers “remember the tune”. I am doing this all from memory, no sheet music so in a way it is a good memory exercise too.

While the two bars of the Imperial March is easy enough, as is the simple parts of Toccata and Fugue, I am getting better at the fiddly bits. The opening bars of the West World theme are quite relaxing and so beautiful, especially in their simplicity. Soon I’ll tackle the fiddly bit.

I have been practicing the hand stretching A, C , E, G#, A arpeggio and can actually pull it off with the one hand although I think my timing is off. I have to move my hand for the last two notes and then back again, but I feel it is progress.

Today I decided that I would try playing with my eyes closed. I figured I would have to play without looking at the keys sooner or later, so why not give it a go. I’m going to need to learn the spacing of the keys sooner or later just like a professional of any instrument. Just like a touch typist with a keyboard. I used the imperial march as a test and pulled off the first bar - if you know the notes you’ll know why that was easy - the second bar is much harder blind, but I didn’t do too badly. For good measure I fluffed the arpeggio above.

More practice every day and soon I’ll try to learn something new to add to my “2 bar party tricks”.

I have my keyboard near my desk so every time I get up I have to play a couple of bars of something before I let myself leave my office. So far that seems to be helping.

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By Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally, to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

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