Thursday, November 16, 2006

i've been missing from the blog for a few days.. quite an eventful few days i must say.

monday. went to acjc in the morning to give a run of my atcl repertoire for the acjc guitar ensemble. also helped mr choo teach a bit. must say that the run at acjc was probably one of my best ever. really on form.

then mr choo persuaded me to go to tpjc to give my recital again. 'get it done with' he said.. so i dun need to go up on another day. and so i went. and ugh tired but still managed to pull through without any devastating errors.

on the way back mr choo managed to persuade me to help him teach the next day, so heres what happened on tuesday. first went to st anthony's cannossian sec sch to help teach. i shant say much but if the examiner gets bored listening to all those grade 1 and 2 students, imagine what i was listening to some of them play their pieces for me. and then imagine what mr choo goes through much of the time. mannnnn.

after that headed to mgs, the sister school, where the first batch of 9 students pioneering the guitar group there had lesson, for some of them the last b4 their exam. this group was special cos they're mep students as well, and i've been inside the room 'MEP 1' in mgs.. so got some stories to tell to the music classmates.. it smells by the way. of air freshener and old carpet combined. about the students, well once again i shant say much haha. i guess my story as an mep student and guitarist applies to them the most, hope they took away something from my playing even though i was so tired that i added an extra rondo section to the last movement of english suite.

yesterday was spent slacking. a well deserved slack. teaching is TIRING.

well anyway even if i dont become a teacher, the guitar will be my friend for life anyway. did i mention that teaching is unbelievably tiring?

and today. before i talk about today, you know, guys dun shop a lot, but honestly i think guys at the end of the day spend a lot more money than women. take my shoes for example.. one pair of mine can buy up to six pairs for my mom. okay but thats beside the point.

today i wanted to go to the city hall area to buy 1) recording equipment i.e. a mike and an mp3 player with a mike line in 2) new guitar strings to change to make sure nothing excessively interesting happens during my atcl, lets say for example a string breaking 3) this cool maple capo i saw at davis guitar 4) any cd with a segovia recording of bach's chaconne

so first the recording equipment. i knew exactly where the mike was, just needed a device. i was pretty sure creative mp3 players had a line in for a mike, and ended up almost pissing one of the Challenger service staff off cos i kept insisting that creative mp3 players did have a line in. but they dint. sigh. anyway to cut a long story short i dint buy any recording equipment.

then went to buy the only two things i bought today on my own.. the guitar stuff. HMV classical guitar section = useless. espl library guitar section = useless. btw espl lib doesnt accept cash lah. -.-

so went back feeling pretty unaccomplished. but went to check out a new guitar shop that opened to the violin shop at esplanade. quite an okay selection of guitars i guess.. but somehow i dun think they maintain their guitars veri well. i think maestro at peninsula plaza still the best. partially cos i like their staff haha. and of course i havent tried the thomas liauw shop at the ululified east coast roxy square.

then this evening went to look around audio house with my father. shopping with my father is still the best cos 1) he has a car 2) he has resources to buy stuff 3) he knows a lot more than me about where to buy good stuff. managed to buy a stereo voice recorder for $239 and the recording quality with the built in mike was quite stunning already. i tried to record with mr choo's condenser mike and the result was so freaky cos even segovia dint have this sorta technology in his time. and now we can get the same effect for slightly under $350. and lots of other modern amenities like the ability to copy and enhance and etc. the power of technology.

tml going out with yingda and mx. and will be dragging them on a tour of city hall area again, cos i want to go back to funan and buy that powerful mike and then go to esplande with a CASHCARD to get premium membership.



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