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...
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.
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.
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.
"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.