Guitar tunings and microtones

I found this video very interesting:

I personally found the second tuning the most comfortable to listen to. For me, the others were audibly slightly sharp or flat on certain notes. Even the first chord sounded clearer to me.

Let me know what you thought if you are so inclined.


Primitive catastrophe — Calmgrove

Alan Garner: The Owl Service Postscript by the author HarperCollins Children’s Books 2007 (1967) “Possessive parents rarely live long enough to see the fruits of their selfishness.” — 1965 quote from Radio Times used as an epitaph for The Owl Service We often unconsciously live our lives according to a script, seeing ourselves acting out […]

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Wild magics — Calmgrove

The first March Magics event (then called DWJ March) was inaugurated by Kristen of We Be Reading in March 2012 to celebrate the worlds of Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011). This year’s March Magics has as its featured DWJ book Howl’s Moving Castle, perhaps her most famous title and the subject of a delightful Studio Ghibli […]

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The Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize 2019 — Joan Aiken

Could You write a classic children’s book that would be in print fifty years from now? When Joan Aiken was writing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in 1960, she was still travelling up to London every day for her ‘day job’ on Argosy magazine, which paid the mortgage and fed the family. As the daughter […]

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Death and the maiden — Calmgrove

Nine Bawden: Carrie’s War Introduction by Michael Morpurgo Virago Modern Classics 2017 (1973) Guilt is a terrible thing. And when it’s brought about by such a tenuous belief as sympathetic magic, the sense of culpability can overwhelm—even when there may be no actual cause-and-effect involved between an act and what happens subsequently. Such is the […]

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Tiffany Aching, Terry Pratchett Quote 2

Another quote from Terry Pratchett. Same book as last time (The Shepherd’s Crown), same portion of the book:

Granny smiled. She had always liked the scullery. It smelled of hard work being done properly. Here there were also spiders, mostly hiding around the bottles and jars on the shelves, but she thought scullery spiders didn’t really count. Live and let live.

She went outside next, to the walled paddock at the back of the cottage, to check on her goats. The itinerary of her thinking was declaring that once again all things were in their rightful place.

Satisfied, or as satisfied as a witch ever could be, Granny Weatherwax went to her beehives.

‘You are my bees,’ she said to them. ‘Thank you. You’ve given me all my honey for years, and please don’t be upset when someone new comes. I hope that you will give her as much honey as you have given me. And now, for the last time, I will dance with you.’ But the bees hummed softly and danced for her instead, gently pushing her mind out of their hive. And Granny Weatherwax said, ‘I was younger when I last danced with you. But I am old now. There will be no more dances for me.’



Hope, Joan Aiken’s greatest gift to us? — Joan Aiken

What Joan Aiken brought to her stories was her own voice, with the assurance that the stories are written for you. By reading them, and so taking part in them – not unlike the beleaguered protagonists she portrays as her heroes – struggling doctors, impatient teachers or lonely children – she shows that you too […]

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