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Our reason for creating WWK originated as an outlet for our love of reading and writing mystery fiction. We hope you love it, too, and will enjoy our holiday gifts to our readers with original short stories to celebrate the season. Starting on 11/16 stories by Warren Bull, Margaret S. Hamilton, Paula Gail Benson, Linda Rodriguez, KM Rockwood, Gloria Alden, and E. B. Davis will appear every Thursday into the New Year.


Our November Author Interviews: 11/8--Ellen Byron, and 11/15--Sujata Massey. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.


November Saturday Bloggers: 11/4 Margaret S. Hamilton and 11/11 Cheryl Hollon.


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," just published, will appear in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Bass icks


Bass icks

For no reason except that I want to I have started to take singing lessons.

At the first meeting with my teacher I chased notes up and down the piano keyboard.  My teacher informed me that I am a bass.  I knew I was not a tenor but I had always thought of myself as a baritone.  What did I know?  It was true that I could pursue notes in the lower range better than I could in the upper range. 

I had music in school but the subject was taught by a variety of strange teachers.  They had more musical skills than teaching skills.  I didn’t learn to read music. The experience by and large was unpleasant.  I played percussion in the junior high and high school bands.  I learned something about rhythm but not about tone.

On the advice of my brother-in-law who teaches opera singers, I bought an electronic keyboard and practiced for two or three months before starting music lessons.  I learned to read music at a level equivalent to a child reading English one letter at a time. 

I joined a church choir so I had one lesson, one rehearsal and one performance each week.  Now the choir is about to take the summer off. I may decide to take two lessons a week.

My teacher is about half my age.  Lots of people are these days.  He is positive and encouraging.  He’s pleased when I can surround a note and finally hit it.  It’s sort of like the way artillery used to shoot over and under a target to find the correct range.

I haven’t sung enough to develop any bad habits, which is an advantage.  I can hear when I am off although I may not be certain about how to correct my tone.  I talked to a friend of mine who told me he took lessons but didn’t learn to sing.  He said he could not tell if his singing was off or not.   

All of my siblings sing well. One sister is a tenured faculty member who teachers choral teachers.  My nephews and a brother-in-law (not the one mentioned above) have sung in operas.  If I don’t learn to sing now, when will I?  I’d rather try and succeed or fail than to think if only…  

7 comments:

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Warren,

I am technically a baritone, however whenever there is a divisi in choir I take the bass part since I have those low notes.

I find singing in the choir a unique experience. I can go into a rehearsal tired and cranky and will invariably come out of the rehearsal in a better mood.

What’s your favorite kind of music to sing?

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

I sang in the school chorus as a second alto. Even in junior high my voice was low for a female. I enjoyed it at the time, but I have enough pursuits that take me away from writing. This is a full-time job along with my "real" life!

KM Rockwood said...

I'm totally ignorant about music (except for listening!) I wouldn't know where to start learning about it.

Several of my friends have taken up instruments in their middle ages, one the ukulele and one the banjo.

I hope you have a great time with your new interest!

Diane Vallere said...

You have the right attitude. Have fun with it!

Warren Bull said...

Jim,

I enjoy music that comes in layers of sound. It's fun to watch how it all gets put together.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Warren! It's never too late to try something new. I've always loved music and used to sing more than I do now, but I still love singing in church or when I'm attending a concert and the performers have an audience sing along part.

Gloria

Kara Cerise said...

I wish I could sing, but It's best if I do that in a car with the windows closed. Enjoy your lessons, Warren!