Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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State of Sound Exhibit at the ALPLM!
Calling all music lovers! The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) has a new exhibit. The exhibit is titled, “The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois”, which opened on April 30th and will run through January 23, 2022. I toured the exhibit and was excited to see artifacts and history of Illinois musicians. “We are really excited to focus people’s attention on…
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If playing is a precision technical act. I think there’s more to it than that. https://www.themusicman.uk/kuka-robot-nigel-stanford/
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As students learn about musical instruments, they continue to unearth their abilities by giving us a glimpse into their creative genius. It is true that musical training has tremendous potential to improve the intellectual capacities of a young learner.
gentle reminder for the class + validation for my fellow Black girls into this aesthetic:
Jazz is an equally important and influential genre of music as classical. I believe it deserves similar honor, respect, and visibility within this aesthetic and noted for its genesis with and connection to Black Americans.
Enjoy this beautifully curated playlist!
Fun fact: this is actually how I learned of the phrase/"aesthetic" of dark academia, not through Tumblr at all. This playlist inspired me to search this hashtag, though, and here we are...
A few years ago my dad offered to buy me an electric keyboard for Christmas and I gave him a weird look because we have a 120 year old piano downstairs. But with the pandemic and my mom working from home holy fuck would I love to be able to play piano whenever I want with nobody hearing me.
But hey, I was looking online and kalimbas are way cheaper than I thought...
When you buy an automobile, what is the first thing you purchase along with it? An insurance policy, right? Why? The first reason is it is mandatory to carry an insurance plan when you hit the road, and the second reason - your car is expensive, and you want to protect it from the perils that might come across in the future. Don't you think the same thought process should work for your bassoon as well?
A bassoon is expensive. Make sure to protect it!
A bassoon, as you know, is a woodwind instrument that appeared in its modern avatar in the 19th century. Probably, you also know that it makes a prominent part of concert bands, orchestra, and chamber music. Needless to mention but just like your car, it is expensive too. Therefore, industry experts recommend buying a standalone Bassoon Insurance to ensure the complete protection of your woodwind.
Do you know the limitations of your home insurance plan?
Here, you might think that what is the use of buying a separate policy when your home insurance already covers your musical instruments. It is pretty natural to perceive that way. Yes, your home or renter's insurance covers your woodwind and other musical instruments for sure. However, are you aware of the limitations?
What are the limitations of your home insurance in light of your bassoon?
If you are not aware of the caps of your home insurance as far as covering your musical instruments is concerned, you have come to the right page. Here we will discuss how your home insurance or renter insurance might fail your expectations at the time of need. Let's read on the following pointers:
Limitation No: 1
Your home insurance policy ensures the protection of your home (the property) and its belongings, including your musical insurance, provided you have mentioned them in the inventory. However, the same insurance plan will not come in handy if something happens to your gears outside the home. Even if a calamity strikes while damaging your musical instruments, you are less likely to get the full value of the gear.
However, when you buy dedicated Bassoon Insurance, you are projected inside out. Also, if your musical gear suffers any loss or damage inside your home, you are likely to get full-risk coverage with a standalone policy.
Limitation No: 2
Your home insurance plan will not provide you with public liability cover if you are stuck in such a scenario when an accident involving your bassoon injured a third party. So, if the third party makes a compensation claim for medical bills, you have to pay the same out of pocket. Also, unfortunately, if the third-party files a lawsuit against you, you would have to pay for the legal fees (which are more likely to be exorbitant).
However, with a comprehensive musical instrument insurance plan, you are safe from financial expenses and mental unrest. The reason - your insurance policy will look after it.
Limitation No: 3
With your home insurance, regardless of how big your premium is, you will not get worldwide coverage for your musical instruments. So, if any accident happens crippling your bassoon, you are more likely to land in rough waters with no insurance coverage.
However, with an all-encompassing insurance plan for musical gears, your gears are covered no matter where on the planet you are.
These are some of the limitations of your home insurance plan. So, now that you know the same, don’t you think buying a separate insurance policy for your bassoon makes sense? Get in touch with a reputable insurance provider and get your policy copy right away!
There’s a new addition to my previous list of hoarded instruments!
(Absolutely not named after any banjo-playing Drumbots, noooo~)
I have had Banjo Brian for three (3) days and... honestly? When you get an instrument (when I do, certainly) there’s this whole fantasy where you’ll be able to instantly get it, you know? And that’s never how it works (as someone who has played (various) instruments since the age of 8, that is my experience), but... that’s how it is with the banjo???
I’ve got one (1) piece of sheet music with a banjo part I’ve actually looked at while playing, but I’ve still figured out (by ear, so probably not quite correct) parts of “Riddle of the Sphinx”, “Favoured Son”, “Laid in Blood”, “Lost in the Cosmos” and “Underworld Blues” (which is the one I’ve looked at sheet music for, thank you @theaurorasings, you are a blessing unto humanity), alongside a few non-Mechanisms songs (chiefly Habanera and Hedwig’s Theme).
So, is the banjo just very easy to learn, is it because of my previous instrument knowledge or am I just some funny outlier?
Who know, anyway, here’s a screen recording of a voice memo of me playing the intro to “Riddle of the Sphinx”, because I don’t know how to attach voice memos to tumblr.
Weird Al Yankovic origin story...
Aretha Franklin wears an off-the-shoulder floral print dress while recording at the piano at Columbia Studios in New York, 1962.
Okay. Name explanation. After all- Queenie, you may or may not be wondering, why is your handle “instrument-hoarder” when all you talk about is The Mechanisms? Well, dear friend, I shall tell you!
Instruments I had lessons for:
Violin (10 years (8-18))
Flute (4/5 years (through secondary school))
Keyboard (like a year??? Secondary school scheduling ended that one)
Guitar (like a year? Not really lessons, more teach yourself bc secondary schools)
Instruments I own (hoo, boy):
Plastic ukelele (this was a joke buy, it’s plastic and the tuning pegs don’t work bc it’s a kids toy)
Two wooden frogs (yes, they count)
Four kazoos (no, I don’t know why I bought them, they were funny and I needed the happy brain chemicals)
A lyre (bc my flatmates provide no impulse control and make my weak impulse control weaker)
A wooden recorder (I have no idea where this one came from, I think it belonged to my parents???)
So basically, yes. I hoard instruments, to the point that my friends have all started calling me a one-person band.
Do I actually know how to play most of these instruments? Hell no!
But that isn’t going to stop me!
Anyway- that is why my handle is “instrument-hoarder”...
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.