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A Strange Instrument With An Even Stranger History!

A Strange Instrument With An Even Stranger History!

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It is a strange instrument with a very strange history and it just might be world’s strangest and spookiest musical instrument. If you have ever finger painted, just imagine finger painting in space and you may begin to picture what it might be like to play this exotic instrument used by a varied cast of musical characters: Jimmy Page, The Beatles, Pamelia Kurstin and Carolina Eyck, to name a few.

“It’s a very hard instrument,” Schwimmer said. “There’s nothing there to help you. You have no reference. And so if you’re standing in front of the Theremin and your body is a little bit this way or a little bit that way, or if you’ve put on an eighth of a pound, your field will be different,” says Rob Schwimmer. “It’s like So waking up every morning if you’re a violinist, and having the neck be that much shorter or that much longer.” Of if you play piano, having more or less keys than the day or week before.

Leon Theremin invented the instrument. Not only is the instrument mysterious but so is Theremin too.

“Leon Theremin was a Russian scientist, [and] he was a spy,” said Glinsky. “And inventor of what is probably the most unusual musical instrument ever invented. You’re actually moving your two hands through two electromagnetic fields that are around two antennas.”

In 1919, 23-year-old Leon Theremin invented his namesake by accident.

“He was working in a laboratory in Russia as a young scientist, he was actually working on a gas meter to measure the density of gases,” Glinsky said. “So as he brought his hand closer to the gas meter, he heard kind of a higher squeal. And as he brought his hand back to his body and away from the machine, it was a slower squeal.

“And he started to play melodies on this thing. And lab assistants and his boss in the lab started to gather around and said, ‘Well, this is amazing.'”

Later, Theremin worked on and devised an actual musical instrument based on his discovery. It debuted in the US in 1928 in places like Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House to name a couple. It proved to be very difficult to play and remained an odd musical instrument.

Hollywood to the rescue! Turns out the Theremin’s eerie, ethereal sounds were perfect for horror and suspense movies, from the low-budget . . . to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And later in the 60’s, bands like Captian Beefheart make this odd instrument a cool instrument with newer musicians.

Here is Leon Theremin playing his own creation along with some other samples. What a cool and intriguing instrument. I am truly amazed watching some who have mastered it, play it!

Enjoy!

Trivial Pursuit “What is your Pure-Piano IQ”

Trivial Pursuit “What is your Pure-Piano IQ?”

Josh Sweater(King of the Jungle) Everyone knows the lion is the “King of the Jungle”. Why? Because lions dominate the jungle and keep order amongst the animals in the food chain. But did you know that the piano is considered the “King of all the instruments?” Its all about the wide tonal range, unique to the grand piano. The grand piano can reach the lowest note of the Contrabassoon and the highest note of the piccolo.

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And as always…thanks for playing!

Trivial Pursuit “What is your Pure-Piano IQ”

Trivial Pursuit “What is your Pure-Piano IQ?”

Josh Sweater(Performance Grand Piano) Most everyone knows that a standard grand piano has 88 piano keys: 36 black keys and 52 white keys. But did you know that some pianos known as high performance grand pianos actually have 92 piano keys? That’s right. Why? It is quite fascinating if you are into that stuff but I shall leave that up to those who are so inclined to do their own research. Did you get the correct answer? And as always…thanks for playing!

Pure-Piano, “LIVE”

Pure-Piano, "LIVE"
Pure-Piano, “LIVE”

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“Wisdom Begins In Wonder” Socrates

“Musical Wisdom Begins In Musical Wonder”

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Celebrating 25 Years Living in Naples “Paradise” Florida Since 1989

pure-pianopicnohatFirst of all, many posts I have researched regarding this quote are wrong. Yes, that is a bold statement but not intended to convey arrogance on my part. It is to point out that many are misquoting the quote itself. Is it, “Wisdom begins in Wonder” or “Wisdom begins with Wonder”? I can save you time and tell you that the former is correct and the latter is not. Why is it, then, that so many articles and blogs seem to make no differentiation between “in” and “with”. One word can make a difference. Say it a few times to yourself and you will see what I mean. (“With” wonder), conveys a sense that you possess this quality called, “wonder”. (“In” wonder) conveys a state of being: Something you are and not something separate from yourself. I can tell you without a doubt that my 40+ years of being involved in the arts, specifically the music arts, not only began in wonder, but this state of being “in wonder” inexplicably drives me each and every day. It is a part of my being and something separate from myself. Being in this constant state of “in wonder” creates abundant inspiration that is literally at my finger tips… pardon the pun! 🙂

Musical regards,
Josh Isenberg
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Deliberate Practice

“Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to  improve my level of musicianship.”

joshbackstorypicHenry David Thoreau said, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a person to elevate his or her life by conscious endeavor.” In other words, the power of intention is what makes our life what it is. We either actively intend or passively intend. Think about that for a few moments.

I have one clearly stated intention when it comes to being a pianist, musician, artist, etc… I want to become the best pianist / musician I can. My father still tells me to this day, the only way I will develop further in my art is to listen to other musicians and to play with other musicians: Not just any musicians but musicians who are better at their craft than I am at mine. After 40 + years of playing the piano, I still follow my father’s advice to this day! And although I’ve come a long way in 40 + years, in some ways, I feel like I am just scratching the piano playing surface. Since attitude determines altitude, I approach each day with an attitude of deliberate practice. Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to  improve my level of musicianship.

Become A Better Piano Player / Musician

Become A Better Piano Player / Musician
Maximize Your Practice Time: Top 10 Practice Tips!

photo 1Playing the piano at any age, whether beginner or advanced, most players are trying to improve over time. Josh Isenberg of pure-piano always says “practice makes better”. The more you practice, the more you will improve over time. “I keep it simple: I try to play better today than I did yesterday and better tomorrow than I did today.” Says Josh Isenberg, pure-piano, professional pianist and keyboard player in Naples and SW Florida. Many become disappointed when they find their progress is slower than desired. The article in this post will share some wonderful tips and methods to help you become a more competent piano player. These 10 tips will give you some structure and focus while practicing and ultimately you will be more inspired by what you’re hearing from yourself when you play. And remember, for most, the only person you have to please is yourself. Be kind to yourself and have fun!

http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Better-Piano-Player

Musical regards,

Josh Isenberg
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