Hello to my Students on Apr. 10, 2022: Peach Flowers in Pink

Not Sakura but Peach Flowers in my Garden

みなさん、こんばんは。

 今日も一日仕事で外へ出ることができませんでした。今日はとても天気がよく、気温も上がりました。 桜も開花したのですが、外に出る時間がなかったので、写真を撮っていません。代わりに、私の庭の桃の花を写真に撮りました。
 私の庭には2本桃の木があって、白鳳と大久保という品種です。毎年実がつきますが、熟す前に落ちてしまうので、収穫はいつもありません。
 みなさんの実家で桃を栽培している家はありますか?実が熟すまで落ちないようにする工夫があれば、教えてください。


この写真と文章は、私の学生たちとのコミュニケーションの一環として、Dingtalk上に掲示したものです。

Hello to my Students on Apr. 3, 2022: Traditional Japanese Song “Sakura”

Not Sakura but Ume Flowers in my Garden

みなさん、こんばんは。

 私のところでは、まだ桜は咲いていません。梅が満開です。 夕方撮った写真ですので、あまりきれいに写りませんでした。 まだ咲いていない桜ですが、日本古謡の「さくら」を録音したのでアップします。


この写真と文章は、私の学生たちとのコミュニケーションの一環として、Dingtalk上に掲示したものです。

A Japanese Song “Kono Michi (This Road)”

I am not sure for the English translation of the title “Kono Michi”. I prefer “This Path” to “This Road”. But others are using “This Road”. I think I should follow what many people are doing, anyway.
Words and the song are both now public domain.

The image above is a sample to tell you how to start the music. The real one is below.

“Kono Michi” words by Kitahara Hakushuu, song by Yamada Kousaku

「ああ そうだよ」のあたりでaugmentコードっぽい和声にするみたいですが、普通の和音にしました。歌詞も著作権切れですから、あげておきます。

この道

作詞 北原白秋、作曲 山田耕筰

この道は いつか来た道
ああ そうだよ
あかしやの花が咲いてる

あの丘は いつか見た丘
ああ そうだよ
ほら白い 時計台だよ

この道は いつか来た道
ああ そうだよ
お母さまと馬車で行ったよ

あの雲も いつか見た雲
ああ そうだよ
山査子(さんざし)の枝(えだ)も 
垂(た)れてる

5 Japanese Songs that are Public Domain (2)

These songs are now regarded as public domain for lyrics and compositions. But all right is reserved as to my (LQ Laoshi’s) playing music. Please enjoy the songs. Thank you!


“Donguri Korokoro”, Words by Nagayoshi AOKI, Song by Tadashi YANADA



“Nanatsuno Ko”, Words by Ujo NOGUCHI, song by Nagayo MOTOORI


“Momiji”, Words by Tatsuyuki TAKANO, song by Teiichi OKANO


“Aka Tombo”, Words by Rofuu MIKI, song by Kousaku YAMADA


“Yuki (Snow)”, the songwriter is unknown.


These songs are now regarded as public domain for lyrics and compositions. But all right is reserved as to my (LQ Laoshi’s) playing music. Please enjoy the songs. Thank you!

5 Japanese Songs that are Public Domain (1)

These songs are now regarded as public domain for lyrics and compositions. But all right is reserved as to my (LQ Laoshi’s) playing music. Please enjoy the songs. Thank you!


“Katatsumuri (Snail)” Songwriter is unknown


“Shabondama (Soap Bubbles)” Words by Ujo NOGUCHI, song by Shimpei NAKAYAMA


“Furusato (Hometown)” Words by Tatsuyuki TAKANO, song by Teiichi OKANO


“Mushino Koe (Bugs Crying )” Songwriter is unknown


“Hamabeno Uta (Song of the seashore)” Words by Kokei HAYASHI, song by Tamezou NARITA


These songs are now regarded as public domain for lyrics and compositions. But all right is reserved as to my (LQ Laoshi’s) playing music. Please enjoy the songs. Thank you!

ソプラノとアルトの声域を音で聞いて判断

ソプラノとアルトの声域をじかに音で聞いて判断したいことがあると思います。

ソプラノ:中央cの隣のdから、中央cの2オクターブ上のcまで(D7が2つ分)

アルト:中央cの4度下のgから、1オクターブと7度(G7が2つ分)

厳密にはもう少し幅があると思いますが、目安をつけるために使ってください。

White Lily Flowers Taller Than I am

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I don’t remember if I had bought a bulb of white lily. Neither do I remember to have planted such kind in my garden. I prefer red, pink, orange, and yellow flowers with color. I hardly plant white flowers in my garden. Last year I found one white lily leaning, or lying down to the ground. The place was a mount of weeds that were pulled and gathered. I always pile up weeds at one place to make them compost. That simply means that I have never plant a white lily in my garden and that one came from somewhere. This year I dug that lily and planted in flower bed so that the lily could grow up well.


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

And then the lily has grown up high. It is taller than I am.


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

I don’t know why this lily is so high. Perhaps this is a kind of wild species that had not got improvement as an ornamental flowers. But I am not sure.

Now the Time for Harvesting and Eating OKURA

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Now the season is turning because the rainy season has ended. One type of vegetable is growing fast in my garden. Well, don’t talk about weeds around, please.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


And its flowers are actually beautiful.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


But the flowers are not the purpose of this plant. It’s OKRA.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


I boiled OKRA just a few minutes, cooled down with ice, and put mayonnaise on them. The slices of Tomato also came from my garden. This was one plate of tonight’s supper.

Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN


LQ Laoshi Plays Laute Suite on Piano for Easy Left Hand

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Photo taken in Niigata JAPAN

Gavotte I from Suite fur Laute Nr.3 BWV995, by J. S. Bach
I played this piece on piano as-is written on music sheet for a Lute. By playing so, the left hand part is actually very easy.

Afternoon Walk under the Late Autumn Sunshine in Niigata, JAPAN

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I took a walk on Thursday afternoon. Actually it was between two conversation classes on that day. I expected that I could take a photo of Iide Montain that had been “more white”.

a chrysanthemum flowers and Yahiko Mountain in Niigata Plains


Susuki, a wild plant that can be seen anywhere in fall season in Japan


Rivers


Snow covered Iide mountain in November, view from Akiha-ward Niigata-shi


The audio embedded below is my electric bass play. I usually play a bass with two fingers. I don’t like to use so-called “pick” which is a triangle plastic piece. Let alone “SLAP”. But I played this by slapping as a kind of practice for the technique that I am not good at. The piece is “Chorus of frogs (かえるの合唱)” which is a very famous song in Japan. It is said to be an old Deutsch traditional folk song, but I am not sure.