I’ve been plugging away at juggling tricks. Not necessarily the ones I listed in the previous post, but I’ve been learning some neat new things. That includes the very exciting fact that I have very nearly done a five-ball cascade! I’ll keep working on it and see what happens.
And in the music world, I’ve been learning new chords for my guitar playing. I’ve also taken up the dulcimer again after letting it lie in disuse for several weeks. Yesterday I started learning the French-Canadian reel called Over the Waterfall. I’ll put in a link to the sheet music also in case some of my musically inclined readers want to give it a go.
I’ve been playing the dulcimer a lot lately, which isn’t too surprising for this time of year. What surprises me is that I have already increased my repertoire from the two Christmas songs I knew last year to four this year. And I’m working on a few others as well.
Right now, I can play these Christmas songs tolerably well:
Joy to the World
Angels We Have Heard on High
Deck the Halls
Go Tell It on the Mountain
I’m working on these:
I Saw Three Ships
Good Christian Men Rejoice
He Is Born
Who knows what else I’ll try before the season is over! Do you know of anything else that I absolutely must learn to play?
I’m at 43 pages on Script Frenzy. That’s way ahead enough to be comfortable, but it also means I’m slowing down. The last two days I wrote about 4 pages, which is one more than I need. That’s nothing compared to the 5 to 8 pages I was writing earlier on.
Although, come to think of it, today and yesterday I was writing all difficult transition-y scenes, so that could account for the drop in page count. We’ll see what happens tomorrow morning when the story hits its stride again.
And in the dulcimer world, I’ve been playing and singing Creed a lot lately. I had it almost down when the dulcimer decided to get out of tune again. So yesterday I tuned it and now I’m playing some more!
I guess the long post is because I’m on a roll coming off of writing my script about fifteen minutes ago…
Learning Rich Mullins’ song Creed on the hammered dulcimer is going pretty well. I can s-l-o-w-l-y play one chord. But that’s pretty awesome, considering I started this morning and I’ve been messing with it on and off all day! We’ll see how long it takes before I learn the next chord.
Sigh. I was all ready for my test on Friday, but today the center called and notified me that they are having some computer trouble. So I have been moved to March 4th instead. More time to study, I guess. Unfortunately, this is one test for which I don’t really need more study time.
I had an excited-yet-disappointing moment this afternoon. Last week, my brothers and I bought the Myst 5: End of Ages Special Limited Edition off of eBay. I saw the mail truck pull up and hang a Myst 5 shaped package on the mailbox, so I excitedly ran outside in the cold to grab it. Turns out it was just a similarly shaped box containing Greek books for school work. Oh well, maybe tomorrow!
It’s scary! I’ve been frequently heading to the dulcimer to play Liberty and Ash Grove, and lately I’ve been having problems hitting the right notes. Probably time to tune it again. Bother, seems like I just did that. I’m also messing with finding the right notes for Rich Mullins’ song Creed.
While I’m typing, I might as well say that I attempted to juggle five balls again. No good. I now start with five, toss one too far, and end up juggling four quite nicely.
So overall, an up and down sort of day, but not without its fun times.
The dulcimer has been tuned! This generally is a long and tedious process, there being 46 strings, in pairs, so every two need to be in the same vicinity, tone-wise. But it sounds beautiful now! Every time I tune it, I feel inspired to learn something new.