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These words from psychologist William James (brother of The Turn of the Screw author, Henry James) got me thinking about the importance  of embodying good habits and avoiding bad ones when learning instruments:

”Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”

This quote came from an article on one of my favourite websites, Brainpickings. You can read the full article here:

East Lothian Showcase Concert

Well done and many thanks to all the members of the East Lothian Guitar Ensemble – one of six ensembles to take part in last night’s excellent Showcase Concert. It was a full house in a newly vamped Brunton Hall. even although we had a ‘hard hat tour’ at an In Service in August, the place was barely recognisable – what a transformation. For those who haven’t seen the place, let me attach a few pictures:

Tuners and Strings

New info has been posted here about recommended clip-on tuners and strings. I would thoroughly recommend everyone in a school guitar group to get a clip-on tuner as it enables you to tune in a noisy environment – like a school concert.

I would also recommend getting new strings (well) in advance of exams and concerts – especially the East Lothian Showcase Concert (Brunton Hall, Wednesady 13 March)

The Answered Question

The Answered Question is the overall title of three video interviews in which composers offer tips to pupils currently engaged in the Composing/Arranging components of SQA Music courses.

The title is a nod to Leonard Bernstein’s great lecture series The Unanswered Question which, in turn comes from Charles Ives legendary piece.

The composers featured in the videos are: David Trouton, John Harris and Ken Johnston. Each one introduces themselves in the videos. John and Ken are currently working on a composition resource to be housed here on eduBuzz in September. When it is launched, I shall post a link on this blog. 

I was hoping to embed the three videos here (so you wouldn’t be led away from the page) but there seems to be a technical snag. When it’s fixed I’ll change this. In the meantime, here are links to the films: