[NetBehaviour] Woven Qin

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Sat Apr 10 17:22:27 CEST 2021


Thank you! That means a lot to me, the qin is always difficult for me and
oddly you have to let go of that difficulty in order to play it -

Best, Alan

On Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 10:28 AM Simon Mclennan via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> This is a nice piece of qin music. I listened in a meditative mood of
> afternoon drizzle and cold
> English weather. The mood
> Was enhanced as my feet
> Toasted under a wooden blanket and my nodding head
> Started to nod even more.
> Thanks Alan!
> S
>
> Sent from my spyphone
>
> > On 10 Apr 2021, at 00:21, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Woven Qin
> >
> > http://www.alansondheim.org/woven.mp3
> > http://www.alansondheim.org/woven.jpg
> >
> > My qin has a problem on the fourth highest string which is that
> > there is a ringing sound coming from it and I think I know now
> > that the ringing sound is from a very slight band in the string
> > about 2-3 cm from where it attaches to the lower bridge . I've
> > worked to try to get this straightened out but I will live with
> > it because it is too difficult and the tension is too delicate
> > to do anything but live with it . in the mean time I'm having
> > constant difficulties trying to find the proper positions of my
> > fingers on the strings . 7 strings and any number of positions
> > which I get it to some extent by the dots that represent the
> > harmonics . but on the other hand was happening is that I'm
> > forgetting the in between positions and the relative positioning
> > of each string in relationship to the others particularly at the
> > lower end of things. I've been working and working on this and
> > wondering if something is going in my mind yet again so that the
> > positioning isn't becoming tacit knowledge but instead is
> > something I have to constantly calculate and re calculate. you
> > have no idea how depressing this can be . it means I can't play
> > naturally my hands dancing on the strings but have to think have
> > to think every so often and slow up and rework the positioning
> > of my hands to be correct . sometimes I'll draw it a complete
> > blank period . sometimes I'll draw a complete blank . I don't
> > know what that means when that happens but I think it's
> > connected with covid with the epidemic. In any case here is some
> > music that I think turned out alright. I've placed the qin on
> > some softe cloth in order to somewhat subdue the upper harmonics
> > where the problem is lying with the fourth string or the third
> > depending on which end you're counting from. Thank you and have
> > a listen, this has been a struggle.
> >
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