Category: music

Practicing vs. Performing


Metronomic (Photo credit: MacUK)

I have heard many times words on the importance of good practice, and how you should always remember that every note, every single passage or musical phrase has it’s own importance and life, and how you should always try and connect everything to capture the full vision of what you’re playing, without substantial differences between practice and performance.

Well, I found that Joshua Roman has a very interesting point of view on this subject: read his full post here


My tracks on Soundcloud

It’s a few months I have been using Soundcloud to share my music tracks, but I found out just now that there’s an option that allows an easy integration of those tracks here on my blog (read more on this article).

So here is my latest track, it’s the Kyrie from the Missa for 4 Voices of the English composer William Byrd (1540-1623), recorded in multitrack in my home studio.

Enjoy! (And don’t forget to explore my other music on Soundcloud)

The return of the Pink Panther Theme

The Pink Panther strikes back!!

This is the background story of my latest video.

As always, it all started with the audio. I began working on the vocal tracks back in January, but I soon encountered several issues: since I was singing without a written score, and the goal was achieving something that sounded a bit like Bobby-McFerrin-style, finding the right timing, key, and adapting the whole to my vocal range was no piece of cake.
So I had to make several attempts before I finally found some balance, and at the end I came out with a version I was (almost) satisfied with.

Then came the visual part of the project. The hardest, and longest, for me.
For the first time, I started putting down the ideas on paper before I even thought of opening any video editor. And I must say it proved to be a good decision. After finding a satisfying layout, and when I was finally convinced of the total foolishness of the plot, I took out my Panasonic FZ8, recorded a few video tracks, and then started editing.

So this is it. I must say it was quite fun to work on this, and maybe it has given me some more ideas I might develop in the future.


new video – Nada te turbe

I finally posted another video on my YouTube channel.
I was very involved in this project, and I was unsure about its public release, since the music is related to a “fallen angel”, a dear person that had to leave us way too soon…  I’m still missing him so much.

The music was originally written by Jacques Berthier, based on a spanish text by Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582).
I learned it without scores, simply playing along with people that went to Taizè with our “fallen angel”. One night, when I got back home, I started playing it, and I was so involved that I decided to record it, and add voices, some synth, and a second guitar.

Laying down the music was quite easy but… then came the video editing! Ouch!!
Due to technical problems (wrong codecs, wrong configuration, old ‘n’ slow pc…) and missing skills (I love editing, but I’m still deeply stuck in the learning process!), I must say that it took me soooooooo long to finish it!

Anyway, here’s the result.
Enjoy it

Musicians – Please Stop “Making It Big”.

I think that these words by Adam Rafferty are worth reading.
He made me ponder on a very important issue, that might be applied to all other aspects of our life as well: don’t concentrate on fame and fortune, but stick to your art, your skills, your passion.

It’s not where you’ll arrive that’s important, but moving along your path; focus on the journey, not on the destination (wow, don’t I sound like Yoda??)

new multitrack video on YT

Well, I uploaded it almost a month ago, so I guess I should be calling it “old”! You know, in this “digital era” we’re living in, things get old after a few days…  😉

Anyway, this is my latest multitrack video of a piece I discovered while working with the extraordinary choir I’m singing with, Coenobium Vocale.

I started working on the four vocal parts in april 2010, as a personal study, and the recordings remained there, unfinished, for quite a long time. Then, after a really long time, I decided I had to finish it, and release it with a video that suited the music.

Great concert tonight

I’m on my way back from a concert with the great male choir I’ve been singing with in these last 20 years (gasp, time’s passing fast …)
It has been a very satisfying performance, and each time this happens, I can’t help myself from asking why this can’t be my profession. The motivation, the emotions, the fulfillment that music gives me, well, I simply can’t find them anywhere else…
But I have to accept the hard truth that this is, and will always be, only a hobby, a nice passion that has to be kept in a drawer, and can be lived only in short moments of my life…
Anyway… great concert tonight