Happy 249th, Beethoven!

As I’m writing this, it is December 17, 2019. 249 years ago today, Beethoven was baptized. Since we don’t know the actual day he was born, December 17 is generally accepted as the day we celebrate his birthday. I celebrated the day by filming page 10 of the second movement of my “Pastorale” Symphony transcription: […]

Beethoven, the ‘Ukulele and Gratitude

Another “milestone” reached this week: The first seven pages of “Scene by the Brook”, the second movement of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony, arranged for solo ‘Ukulele! Like the first movement, the second movement of Beethoven’s Sixth is in sonata form. Sonata form has three main sections: the exposition,the development, and the recapitulation. Since page 7 marks the end of […]

There is no “There” that is better than “Here”

Here is Beethoven’s “Scene by the Brook”, the second movement of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, in my solo ‘Ukulele arrangement: I had an attack of the “if onlys” this week, wishing the project would be farther along or done, thinking that if only the transcription was complete, things would be so much “better”, so much “easier”…. […]

Snow, Borders and Commitment

Yesterday it started snowing here in Denver. It’s not that unusual to have heavy snow here at the end of October, but it still feels strange every time it happens. This morning my commute that normally takes thirty minutes turned into a treacherous hour-long trek across snow-covered freeways. My kid’s school and the colleges where […]

Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony on ‘Ukulele: The Finished First Movement, and the Results So Far!

Yesterday (Monday, October 7, 2019), the final video for the first movement of the Beethoven Pastorale ‘Ukulele solo transcription was filmed. You can see a performance of the final two pages of Movement 1 in the latest episode of Beethoven of the ‘Ukulele. In the video you can also see some rehearsal footage from last […]