I had lot’s of homework from my last session with Anne, so I done the listening exercises and practiced the songs from previous weeks. I used my guitar for a simple accompaniment while doing Mary Hamilton this time and we both agreed there was an improvement and the guitar didn’t get in the way of me concentrating on my singing. Anne’s right when she says that the guitar can be used as a comfort blanket but I’d done a fair bit of work on the song before using any instrument, I was happy that it turned out well.
‘Rothesay O’ is coming along nicely too. There is a part of the melody that I’ve changed unintentionally while learning it and although it still fits nicely I would like to learn Enoch Kent’s melody, so that’s part of my homework for next time, along with a new song called ‘My Son David’ which, from what I gather, is a version of the popular ballad ‘Edward’. I’ve been on Kist O Riches listening to Jeannie Roberston’s version which is great!
The final part of my homework is to sing a song I would have sang as a child. Anne and I went through some of the possible playground songs, and I was telling her about the ones I could remember that we used to skip to at school. I’ve decided on Coulters Candy, and Anne wants me to sing this to see if it helps my confidence as she wants to hear me sing without worrying about it and as I would have done back in the day.
Very much looking forward to next time!