Weekly Warm Up No. 36
This week, someone said I should read this article in the New York Times by Adam Grant. The fact that it was suggested that I read it made me want to throw my laptop across the room….
After a few deep breaths while staring into the void at 3 a.m. (while taking the puppy outside for a bathroom break), I decided I would read the article…if only to prove that it was complete crap…..and then, it was pretty good. So, there are some good points brought up by the author. Still, it annoyed me and I found this response to the article to be spot on. I don’t feel like I’m languishing…I feel dormant right now (as Kleon points out in his response).
It seems to me that the reason that so many of us feel like we’re languishing is that we are trying to flourish in terrible conditions. It is spring outside — or the “unlocking” season — but it is still “Winter in America,” and, as any gardener knows, if you try to wake a plant out of dormancy too soon, it will wither, and maybe die.Austin Kleon
The one point I do feel we can all agree on, regardless of your feelings about the article, is that “revenge bedtime procrastination” is a thing. I’ve done it since I’ve been in lockdown and I’m not a night person. What about you? Do you ever stay up too late to rewrite the day you’ve lived? A few weeks ago, after a particularly gnarly day, I stayed making cupcakes for no reason other than I needed to find a way to make something good….added bonus: cupcakes go well with your morning coffee.
So, are you languishing? Are you dormant? Regardless, it’s time for the WWU and for Number 36, we’re bringing back all our favorite right hand arpeggios and left hand slurs.
Quarter Note set @ 100 BPM.
Right Hand Arpeggios:
(Based on the A Major Pattern Outlined Here)
- Pmim amim
- Pmam imam
Left Hand Slurs
- Ascending Single String: 121 232 343 (triplets)
- Descending Single String: 434 323 212 (triplets)
I’m also including some tutorials I’ve created around Arpeggios, Ascending Slurs (Hammer On’s), and Descending Slurs (Pull-Off’s).
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