I’ve been having a hard time dealing with my writer’s block, but there seems to be more to it. I’m wondering if I’m just burned out, or lacking in energy and enthusiasm… I’m definitely not as inspired to write nowadays.
I’ve been practicing Baroque music on the piano. Not really pieces by Bach or Telemann, although I am playing a few by them. It’s more like the concept of playing Baroque in theory.
I’m improvising a great deal. And experimenting a lot.
And I’m making mistakes but I keep going whenever I’m working out some progressions with my improvisations.
So far I’m working on specific keys that are extremely easy for me to improvise in, such as C, G, F, D and their relative minors.
I’m actually learning a lot and I realize that Baroque is tough. But I am listening to a lot of Baroque music daily, mostly studying and listening to J.S. Bach, CPE Bach, Telemann, Albinoni, Scarlatti and for some reason I am avoiding Vivaldi.
I played Pachelbel’s famous Canon, but I know I was doing my own version of it, and no, not George Winston’s version which is more New Age. For some reason I am trying not to play any New Age styles of music.
I’ve been playing at least 2 hours a day on piano. And my fingers are aching, and specifically my right wrist. I have my wrist wrapped up with one of those heated pads. So, I guess I’m really practicing a lot of piano.
I don’t really know where this whole idea of playing improvised Baroque music will go. I guess I am doing it for fun and personal satisfaction, but I would like to be able to perform somewhere improvising in the Baroque style, and I’m trying to stay true to the Baroque style as much as possible and not mixing in other styles… like avante-garde, for instance.
Hopefully, I’ll become more and more proficient playing Baroque. And, my research continues too in studying the history of Baroque and its primary composers.
Incidentally, I’m always broke nowadays… so, I try to spend as much time at home as possible, not trying to spend too much on gasoline, and of course, I have a lot of time to practice piano.
I have 3 gigs this coming weekend, and on Friday I have a double header.