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Weightlessness

Jazz education generally does its best to keep up with the latest trends in music, with thousands of teachers worldwide analysing classic performances and attempting to reverse-engineer them into exercises that you can try at home. Working always on the … Continue reading

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MOVES: Melodic Freedom for the Classically Chained

Followers of this blog (both of you) will have noticed that I like to quote the NLP adage: “The Map is not the Territory”. And one of my main beefs about most traditional musical instruments, when it comes to learning … Continue reading

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Playing what you hear vs. the instrument playing YOU

If we break down our focus of “playing like singing in the shower” into its component parts, using our hard-earned Intervallic Awareness to help us find the notes, we would end up with some scheme such as: Imagine a melody … Continue reading

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Making it intentional

If there is one constant theme in everything I try to do in music, it is the idea of intentionality. I once read both John Cage’s books in praise of chance operations and ambient sounds, and found them highly entertaining, … Continue reading

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What’s in That Sandwich?

MOVES notation doesn’t tell the whole story. The 8 leap in the James Bond theme is not the same as the 8 leap in the Love Story theme. In classical theory, the first is an augmented fifth and the second … Continue reading

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