Are you planning to play your first ever gig? This is a prospect that can stop many budding musicians in their tracks. Follow these steps by guest blogger Diego Cardini if you want to have a great first gig. The big day is finally here! Whether you a playing an open mic in a coffee […]
Have you ever listened to or overheard a conversation between seasoned musicians? The phrases, terminology and body language are very different from non musicians. Depending on what type of musician you are talking to, the words, lingo and animations vary. For example a conversation between two jazz performers might sound like this: That cat can […]
A customer and friend, David Celia, has a cool video that I thought you might like. I should have posted this on Mother’s Day, better late than never. Yep, mom’s are the best.
Sure, you can rattle off scales and string riffs together and throw in the odd mode or two, but unless you’re thinking melody, you have not made music; you are not improvising. You may have confirmed that you know which building blocks fit, but you’ve created nothing new. Improvisation to me implies invention, and you don’t invent scales any more than an artist invents Cobalt Blue or Vermilion Red. Scales and modes are like the squirts of paint on a palette. You have to choose carefully which to use, which to blend. Start mixing too many colors and you wind up with mud.
Awful as it sounds, it’s the truth. But don’t let it scare you off. The highest number I’ve ever heard in the context of music is 13, so you don’t have to be a genius to figure it out.
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