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Well, practicing is giving me a break from the outside world.  I’m really trying to take February to stay in and explore myself, which is a new experience in and of itself.  Almost all of my past-times as an adult have been social, save painting, so this pursuit is offering me a different outlook on life.  But I digress.

In some downtime at work yesterday, I was looking at some sheet music and furrowing my brow in a vain attempt to understand the situation.  A coworker noticed, and offered his two cents on the matter.  Come to find out, he has an advanced degree in music theory, so his two cents were worth a good deal.  He taught me about solfeggio, to explain the crazy Italian words underneath the bars of my accordion arrangements.  Each two-letter word represents a chord!  Turns out that “Do, a deer, a female deer” song that my mom always used to sing from The Sound of Music is an academically viable concept.

Interesting fact:  The song was transposed down to B-flat when Julie Andrews sang it, so it’s actually incorrect in the movie.  “Do” is supposed to be a C, but is a B-flat!  Julie Andrews lied to us via song!  Isn’t that interesting?  No?  Cram it with walnuts, ugly.

The solfeggio shenanigans helped me in piecing together the bass line for the song I’m learning, as the chords for the bassline are Re min, La min, Fa, and Do…  I feel like my sheet music is putting on airs by speaking in Italian, but whatever.  Here’s the result:

In addition, I’ve been getting reports back from other Brave Newbies on their skill development.  I’ve learned some awesome things from them.  Like what a zither is.  I can’t wait to start integrating communal progress into the blog!

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Phil WarrenPhil Warren (81)
Founder and editor of The Brave New, Phil Warren is now an accordion player, a minister, a sonic weapons expert, a director, a photographer, a public speaker, and a bunch of other things. Mostly he's an adventurer though. An adventurer who smells nice. Except when he doesn't.
NickNick (6)
One part Burner and one part Engineer; I’ve lived through twenty-five-and-a-half winters, and aim to keep it that way. My world is a strange one, and it’s my goal to make it stranger.

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