[Menvi-discuss] Weak Knuckles

cdrobles693 at gmail.com cdrobles693 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 12:43:31 EDT 2019

Hello see below all the YouTube stuff on my playing and some singing and such I do have dropbox links as well if you’re interested in more music from me. Have a gander!
YouTube links of my band

I will insert a couple of links of MP3s that I’ve done live gigs some of which include some of my singing. One is a video of last year‘s conquered art wine beer walk where we made a big splash this year I’m hoping it will be even bigger. This year I am singing Bradley Cooper is part of shallow by Lady Gaga while my piano player friend who’s Irish is singing the Lady Gaga‘s part. I’ll see if I can get that to you as well after we do that. 
Sorry for any dictation errors. 
So as you can see I have been musically active and I also created a Christmas album should you guys be interested in it for the upcoming Christmas years and I did a few tracks not a holiday seemed I have performed at funerals and memorial services that sort of thing. I still have a lot to learn though because music is a lifelong learning experience and it’s very rewarding at times as you may recall earlier are used to teach trumpet lessons as well I can still do that but I haven’t done so lately. I’m just very grateful to be surrounded by people who love to create and have that passion to heal others through music because music heals the soul. I’ve also been on the radio as well a local radio station several times I will paste that on here as well. I have a mentor and friend who is famous you guys know him I’m sure and have heard of him and his music he’s world renowned Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. Every now and then he actually sends me messages and encourages me in my playing techniques and he asks me to send him my plane progress isn’t that lovely? This year alone he wished me happy 34th birthday five times on different outlets once via phone call once via text message once a via WhatsApp messenger then on my facebook page. He is quite entertaining very very funny as well. I would highly recommend you guys go check him out his concerts are amazing! I started learning piano because he inspired me to do so and challenged me to one day write a song for him. Sent from my iPhone

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> On Apr 18, 2019, at 6:52 AM, Carol Sexton via Menvi-discuss <menvi-discuss at menvi.org> wrote:
> Hey you are absolutely right. Well I can tell you that inmy younger days I sang in choir and I was a ametzo. I had solo parts. Now my voice has gotten lower and I am what you may call a contralto. I guess that may be even lower than alto. I have kind of lost my soprano and I find it hard to vocalize just the way I used to vocalize. I think what they look for on the voice and american idle are those people who will yell to the top of their lungs on high notes. If you would do that you are definitely going to do harm to your throat. In my college and in my high school days, I had excellent voice teachers. So now my style has changed and country singers tend to have this style but one shouldn’t' sing through their nose. I am not taking up any training. I have found people who take you through vocaleese on youtube believe it or not.
> Well I sdo think that one has to be ready to perform and if you need to take a break to get the technique right then by all means do that. I think you have had wise teachers and coaches. Keep up your good work. You re an inspiration as is everyone on this list. I am enjoying it immensely. These discussions about different and varrious things is very interesting and I do appreciate the input of everyone here.
> Do any of you have anything on youtube? I should ask do any of you have a youtube channel and if so please let me know because I would like to look you up.
> Later I want to come up or I mean to say discuss something else with regard to advertising for piano students.
> -----Original Message----- From: Karen Gearreald via Menvi-discuss
> Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:06 PM
> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> Cc: Karen Gearreald
> Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Weak Knuckles
> Actually, people can learn to play the piano remarkably well with weak
> knuckles, as my favorite piano teacher did during his very young years.
> Eventually, though, he had to take time out to reform his technique under
> the instruction of a capable and persistent teacher.  He has gone on to
> become a fabulous pianist and vocal coach, able to play beautifully and
> comfortably for many hours a day.
> If we become aware of a major technical problem, whether as singers or
> instrumentalists, we need to solve it, even if the solution requires us to
> stop performing for a while.  Many singers have to do this sort of thing, as
> the great mezzosoprano Marilyn Horne observed.  "Take two years to get your
> technique right," she counseled, "and the world will be your oyster."  I had
> to do that sort of thing when, on the advice of the best coaches, I was
> changing from a mezzosoprano to a high soprano.  This was the right change
> for me, but I couldn't accomplish it in a choir where various demands were
> distracting me.  So I prayerfully dropped out of the choir for a couple of
> years.  I still have all those low notes, but I don't rely on them heavily
> and tensely as I did in my mezzo days.  Oh yes, as I approach age
> seventy-five I still have the high C, too.
> After seeking and considering the best counsel we can find, we have to be
> brave about making our decisions.  The important thing is to make the
> necessary changes while we are not under the pressure of performing.
> At least that is my experience.
> Best wishes to everyone who is diligently working to explore and develop
> God-given talents.  Each of us needs to find the right way according to the
> capacities that have been given to us, physically and mentally and
> spiritually.  These answers don't come overnight, but they do come.  As one
> long-lived singer observed, vocal study should be continued "until the voice
> is unlocked."  The same idea can apply to instrumentalists, I'm sure.  If
> the potential is there, a good teacher will encourage development; if the
> potential is not there, a good and wise teacher will direct us to find
> another instrument or endeavor that will satisfy.
> Karen Gearreald
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