To the right you'll find assorted study resources grouped fairly randomly.
Below I've spelled out some of the fundamental precepts I live by as a musician.
I hope you find here something useful, interesting, debatable, indefensible. Enjoy...
• Music begins in silence; every note must have a meaning, add something critical to the total sound.
• Aside from the content we must imagine the architecture of 8 bars, a chorus, a solo, a song, a set, an entire concert: Where are we in the overall arc at this moment? What does the music need?
• Listening = 80% ; attention to yourself = 20%
• Consider your role; everyone must contribute and support creatively;
sometimes that means not playing.
• It is fundamental to have memorised/internalised the melody, the harmony,
• If you cannot play without the support of another musician neither you nor
he/she can enter completely in the musical moment.
• Irrespective of style there must be a common language across all the instruments in the group.
It doesn't matter what genre, what instrumentation, what type of performance. With these priorities you will allow the opportunity for MUSIC to happen, to feel connected to the other musicians, for the audience to connect with you.
Humans have a fundamental need for this connection; to be taken (even for a moment) on a journey away from the self-obsessed conscious mind, then to return feeling changed in some way. This is our role as musicians.
Some favourite quotes...
I began to understand art as a kind of black box that the reader enters. He enters in one state of mind and exits in another... What's important is that something undeniable and non-trivial happens to the reader between entry and exit.
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary)
Art arises where the arbitrary and the predictable are superseded by unpredictable inevitablility.
All my life I have sought the essence of flight. Flight, pure joy!
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness
...where virtuosity within sentences meets the unplannable energy of the imagination, harnesses it to a narrative and enacts an entirely new and exhilarating occurrence dedicated to renewal.
Music doesn't come from music.
...in the midst of an age of 'work', that is to say, of hurry, of indecent and perspiring haste, which wants to 'get everything done' at once, including every old or new book: this art [philology] does not so easily get anything done, it teaches to read well, that is to say, to read slowly, deeply...
Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life.
When ideas fail words come in very handy.