Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015

Motto for 2015:

"Jesus I trust in You."


For me, there can be no other.




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Currently listening to:




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Last night's dinner:


Forgot to take photograph but it was excellent in all respects.



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Currently reading:





And:



I seem to have spent my whole life reading books with the word "Elementary" in the title.


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Drumming practice update:


And talking of "elementary", I've partially abandoned the incremental approach to drumming practice ie the approach whereby one waits until one has mastered a pattern at a slow tempo before trying the same pattern at a slightly quicker tempo and so on until one can perform it at pyrotechnical speeds.

Drumming skills seem to have dimensions other than the quantitative which interact with the quantitative.

The situation reminds me of the counting of varying numbers of objects in one's visual field.






When there are only a few spots, one doesn't seem to count them at all - one immediately perceives that there are three or immediately perceives that there are five spots.

But there comes a point when one has to count the spots one by one to find out how many are there.



Ignoring the factor of any pattern in which the spots might be arranged, there seems to be a discontinuity between on the one hand counting any number up to five or six spots  - which is done as an immediate perception - and, on the other hand, being faced with 7 or 8 or more spots where one has to resort to counting 1 by 1.

Likewise with tempo but in REVERSE!!!!!

Below a certain tempo one can perceive and monitor individual strokes and do so on a number of dimensions:

eg loudness, height of stick, degree of movement of wrist, height of arm movement, position of arm relative to torso, flight of stick through the air and so on.

Above a certain tempo one cannot perceive the movement of the stick in these atomic terms: one has to apprehend them as a group of stick movements; a pattern or Gestalt if you like.

The upshot of all this is that I have been practising at both slow tempos and high tempos.


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Miscellany:

Went for a long New Year's cycle this morning, in the pouring rain - fantastic.

Along the riverside and then back through the fairly empty streets of Glasgow city centre.







And then past this new and impressive temple that is rising up in the West End of the city.




Not sure which religion it celebrates.

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