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Astronomy

The night sky awaits

Today, the FedEx guy delivered a new toy to my house. A few days back, I ordered a Meade LX90GPS 10″ telescope from Astronomics in Oklahoma. This afternoon, I unboxed the scope, set up the tripod, attached the optical tube assembly and aligned the viewfinders. Unfortunately, the sky is cloudy tonight and it appears that […]

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Classical Guitar

Just 298 notes

The Fernando Sor piece is less than 2 minutes of music. Just 39 measures and 298 notes. Putting a lot of effort into such a small thing is something I haven’t done in a long while. I feel something of what it must be like to be a woodcarver, starting with a nondescript block of […]

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Travel

Belizean Vacation

I’m just returning from a week-long vacation in Belize. (See my Photos from Belize.) Snorkeling, Maya ruins, and a helicopter tour over the Cockscomb Basin were the highlights. If they came out OK I’ll soon post some underwater photos from snorkeling at Glover’s Reef. Belize was awesome! Thanks FocalClick for sponsoring the trip!

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Classical Guitar

Moments of joy

Perhaps my blog post on Sor’s Study #1 was therapeutic. Whatever the cause, when I returned to my instrument the difficulties of the last few measures faded and I had a real breakthrough with the piece. As my left hand fingers finally found their way to the notes, the experience of fresh enthusiasm is a […]

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Classical Guitar

Starting with Sor

After several years away from it, I’ve picked up the classical guitar again. I have a copy of the Andres Segovia edition of Fernando Sor’s Twenty Studies, so I decided I would begin with the obvious: Estudio 1 in that collection of sheet music. “Estudio 1” in the Segovia book is actually Sor’s Opus 6 […]