Of Music and Juggling

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.

My Wrist Hurts

Today was eventful. I went to the dentist, which I guess is okay. Not the best way to spend the afternoon, though.

I’ve been playing Creed all day, trying to get the singing right. I was just about there, but I think I strained my wrist with all the hammering. *sigh* Maybe tomorrow if it’s feeling better.

Yes, I tagged this “ow” for all those reading who know me!

Server Trouble and Other Stories

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.

More Hammered Dulcimer

My plan of playing Soldier’s Joy quickly went away. Although I have the idea of the tune down pretty well, I don’t know how it goes, making it nigh on impossible to learn.

Instead, I started learning Ash Grove, which you may know better as Let All Things Now Living. I fiddled around with How Firm a Foundation, too, since I was playing it on guitar. Now that works out rather well. I play something for church on guitar, and then step over to the hammered dulcimer and plunk it out there!

Speaking of guitar… Did you know it’s quite difficult to play hymns properly if you want to rock and roll?