Listen to music that you don’t understand

Play any popular number on a gig and you'll get applause as soon as the audience recognises it. Some artists thrive on this, notably James Taylor, who has sung the same old stuff for 45 years and still smiles and makes it fresh. People respond to memories evoked by the music rather than the music in … Continue reading Listen to music that you don’t understand

How to develop memory for musical structures

The benefits of memory When playing music, reading it can really get in the way of freedom of interpretation. And the need to read means you haven’t internalized the structure. How can you possibly get inside it to improvise with meaning if you haven’t internalized it? Also it’s often my experience that players who are … Continue reading How to develop memory for musical structures