Sunday, August 13, 2006

Exercising the mind

It has been dreadful to be ill. I have been sleeping for more than 12 hours yesterday. While this is good for recovery, it has somehow made the mind feel a little unproductive.

I had intended to approach a Luthier today, but decided to do it on another day as I was quite weak today to travel and carry a double bass over long distances.

In the evening, when reading felt boring, I attempted to do some sight-reading on the double bass. This is one way to work out the mind, and a bit of the body. The practice this evening is not too intense. I was merely doing sight-reading.

I first started with playing C major scales.

That was followed by sight-reading of the following:
Franz Keyper's Romance and Rondo
Capuzzi's Concerto in D
Telemann's Sonata in a minor

I noticed a bit of improvement in my ability to sight-read. However, I struggled with certain sections, especially those in treble clef, and uncommon rhythms. Anyway, I quite like the three works.

Whatever it is, the practice this evening reminds me that the double bass is my good friend. Good for the body, and the mind.

6 comments:

mistipurple said...

good that you can find solace in your double bass. he is huggable too! :)

tonia said...

Hi PY! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

M said...

Good to hibernate once in awhile. I try to get one every now and then too. My longest was about 16 hours. Snigger

Jason Heath said...

That's some pretty serious sightreadng!

oceanskies79 said...

Misti: He certainly is huggable.

Tonia: Welcome, and thanks for stopping by mine too.

M: :) Hibernating can be functional indeed.

Jason: Oh...it was quite challenging. There were meant for DipABRSM syllabus. I was not quite musical when I sight-read those works yesterday.

Simple American said...

I'm glad you slept. I hate being ill and unable to sick. Talk about a double edged sword.

Great that hugging your double bass and practice is better than medicine.