first violins:don't mess up don't get lost don't mess up don't mess up don't get lost don't mess up don't get lost don't mess up don't mess up don't mess up don't get lost don't mess up oh darn I just played a c sharp where there a c natural shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit
second violins:oh dear we're lost and now everyone is just playing quietly. maybe if the conductor actually FKCUING LOOKED AT US DURING REHEARSAL WE WOULDN'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM.
violas:if we just got up and left right now, would anyone notice? like, seriously. if we left one by one, starting from the last stand, would anyone notice? would anyone care? if they did notice, would they even try to stop us? I don't think so.
cellos:HI MOM okay this is serious business. um pah pah um pah pah um pah pah um pah pah. serious business. woah the conductor just pointed at us. what does that mean? does he want more cello? more um and less pah? probably that. UM pah pah UM pah pah UM pah pah. srs bsnss
bass:it's been five minutes and the conductor still hasn't noticed that I've been on my phone the entire time. six minutes. are any of us still playing? I guess it doesn't really matter, considering we always have the same part as the cellos anyway.
This work by Guillermo Calzadilla, born today in 1971, combines performance and sculpture. A pianist emerges through a hole carved in a grand piano to play the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Ninth Symphony of 1824 (widely known as “Ode to Joy”) while walking around the gallery space.
The artists chose “Ode to Joy” for more than just its universal recognizability. Over the last century the tune has been appropriated by such politically contradicting movements and institutions as the Nazis, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and, most recently, the European Union.
It’s been one year since I learned the uke and though I’d still consider myself beginner/intermediate, here’s some of my advice!
-Learn the chords before you try to play your favorite songs. I immediately tried playing songs when I hadn’t gotten the chords down to muscle memory yet and it was so frustrating. Now I go back to the same songs and they’re easy cause those chords are programming into me. It’s boring but worth it in the long run. Please just practice switching from chords as quick as possible and strum, then after the basics, you can see your progress in the form of songs!
-Be patient! You won’t be Tyler Joseph or Jack Johnson overnight! But take it slow, be determined and forgiving with yourself and you’ll improve over time.
-Learn G, C, Am, and F. Obviously learn others eventually, but if you learn these four you’ll be stunned at how many songs you can play with this. Most of your favorite songs are probably combinations of these chords.
-Don’t look up strumming patterns…or maybe not “don’t” but try to avoid it, because it’s way harder to remember a strumming pattern than to really just feel it listen to the song, feel the beat and feel the music instead. It’ll sound way better that way. Just don’t do any funky pattern unless you’re experienced..keep it simple.
-Toughen your hands. In no way does ukulele compare to the rough calluses you get from guitar, but a few of your finger tips will get calluses and my advice it to let this happen. Don’t try to moisturize/smooth it out because tougher hands means you can play for longer periods of time! Avoid hand lotions on your finger tips, try dipping your fingers in rubbing alcohol to keep it dried out, and don’t pick at it.
-PRACTICE PRACTICE! As a college student and overall busy person, I don’t play as often as I should, but try to play at least twice a week for 30min to see improvement, but any amount of time should help.
January 13: Hear a demo of the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, a digital “multi-instrument” containing a guitar, violin, piano, and more, as part of the exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for the Ear and Eye.