For all his smugness and #gurdy misrepresentation, I’m actually really impressed with Howard Goodall’s conclusion to the Story of Music. In particular the closing segment, where he satisfyingly sums up the history of #music in about four sentences.
Most of the series was moderately interesting historical info, but concluding by linking the advent of the Play button to Bach’s notation style is quite profound.
Got a lot of #gurdy turning done today. Result: two knobs, four strap buttons and two collars ready for touching up and use.
Spent a productive morning at the workshop making #gurdy keys (these keyboards are much bulkier than my previous one and should be more substantial and satisfying to play as a result), then toddled off to Dartington to be a stage hand for Devon Baroque w/ Robin Andrews. Now working on #taproot music module, might have a go with Glenn Jones’ microformatshiv.com later.
My Gurdy Sheet Music listing is a bit old and tired in implementation and purpose as well as design. Currently re-building it as a much more flexible system with a much wider scope — I’ll be hosting my own tunes, and tunes I’ve transcribed as well as the trad. material which I’ve already got. #gurdy #indieweb
Learning new trompette patterns with Gregory Jolivet, and decided to try to evolve a micro syntax for representing them in notes, so I can add some SVG or Audio-API magic afterwards.
1 4 1 3 1 4 1 3 1234 1234 1234 1 3
And a variation:
12 4 1 3 12 4 1 3 1234 1234 1234 1
Really looking forward to meeting up with all the #gurdy–playing friends I haven’t seen for a while this weekend at Halsway Manor!
I spent most of this afternoon learning all the different ways in which bits of ebony can break. Thankfully, the great people at the Totnes school of Guitarmaking had enough maple strips in stock for me to use those.
The second #gurdy back is on after rather a stressful gluing session inside a small, dark shed with candles for light. Now I know a little more about what it must have been like to be a luthier in the Middle Ages.
sweden I am making two more at the moment, so I need to come up with three names!