Monday, December 10, 2018

Post on FB in 2018 Fall

兩個王一個門的琴還是第一次看到 (明1460年 "題韻直音篇")

神 Shén - 聖不可知 unknow holly spirit
暢 chàng - 和樂濟世 optimist, happy, and to bring righteousness to the whole world
操 cāo - 憂愁窮獨 alone, worry, self cultivation and to seek refinement of oneself
琴曲中有神人暢, 南風暢, 也有猗蘭操, 遁世操等, 暢與操分別為"兼善天下"與"獨善其身". 當自身能力足夠,財富足夠,身心愉悅時, 能幫助眾生, 則為暢; 當有志難伸, 生活困頓時則只能獨善其身了.




最近才發現我的食指指甲必須修圓, 不能修尖, 不能太長, 而中指與無名指指甲長度也不能太長,最好比食指指甲留的要再短一些, 如此彈出的琴聲與運指各方面才會比較自然, 順手. 食指指甲太長會倒勾, 不利彈琴. 食指長度比中指短很多, 所以中指指甲不能太長. 每個人的手型都不一樣, 可以找出最適合自己彈琴的指甲長度. (10/30/2018)


Marilyn comments : 同意。蘇思棣先生也一樣說。。。Mr. Sou also advised to trim the nails closer and not leave them too long because the best sound came from the movement of the entire finger/hand motion/impulse and 'flesh' of the finger and not from the nail in isolation...Hard to explain but interesting that you noticed this recently...You have ideally shaped fingers -- tapered without prominent knuckles (mine are rather craggy-looking). Each lesson (which I've not had for a year now...) Mr. Sou spends time to correct my finger/hand configuration to coax the best sound from the string, and to get my hand-shape to conform in harmony with the curved shape of the qin (top board), more rounded, less angular, and with no extraneous movements...I do miss hearing you all play...
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12/7/2018
Morning Taichi becomes the most important moment of my day.
早上面對太陽打太極,已成為我一天中最重要的時刻.

12/8/2018
寂然松間雪降
裹厚衣舞雲手
氣沉丹田
足跨纏絲 
冷然天地間
與道長存.
Silently, in pine trees, snow falling,
I bundled up, practicing cloud hands,
Qi stay at Dantian,
Feet and hip twining.
Surviving with the Dao between exclusive heaven and earth.



12/9/2018
今晨依舊入後院練氣
雪地站樁
以意導氣
感指尖漸暖
遂進屋練琴
一首八段新曲
前四段感氣韻已漸漸掌握
如今進入第五段
估計數月後八段皆成
便可移譜
以心彈琴
This morning, entering back yard again practicing taichi.
At the end of the practicing was Zhangzhuang - standing like a post in snow
Qi guided by mind.
After a while, ten finger tips getting warmer.
Back into the house to practice qin,
A new piece which has 8 sections.
Now I am up to section 4 and feeling the rhythm handled smoothly
Going to the section 5
Seems that several months later I will be able to finish all 8 sections,
Then I can move away the notation,
Using my heart to play this whole new piece.

12/1/2018

"授人以鱼,不如授人以渔" 給人一條魚吃, 不如教人怎麼釣魚. 是說幫助人要從根本上解決問題. 這哲學其實讓我想到古琴的文字指法譜,讓人看不出音高與旋律, 不正是要授人以漁嗎? LOL
魚: noun, fish. 漁: verb, fishing. 授: Giving, or teaching. 
Giving a fish to someone is not better than teaching that person how to fish.
A Chinese philosophy of that the better teaching is teaching how to instead of teaching what is. Guqin tablature fits this idea. 


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