Monday, September 19, 2005

How to play Jazz

This book is the business (assuming you want to learn to play jazz, that is!)..... Not for it's excercises, or the music (although they are good) but for the nuggets of wisdom sprinkled liberally throughout the book.... Show me another music book which tells you, "There is no such thing as a wrong note. Just poor choices", "The greatest solos all begin with a single note", "Resurrect the child singer inside yourself. Sing out loud when by yourself. It's OK to laugh, too. Even at yourself", "Learn the rules, then you get to break them" and my particular favourite, "Play with other musicians. Don't wait until you are good enough. Good enough is NOW!"

I don't know about anyone else but I'm inspired!


At 6:23 pm, Anonymous Chris B said...

You're not alone. Sounds good to me. So we'll be expecting some serious improv at the weekend from the bastard son of Theloneous Monk and Jamie Callum


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