Attending a number of events has highlighted that classical musicians need to have more than technical or performance skills. This has made me realise that my classical training has not equipped me with all the skills I need to work in the C21st.
To run music workshops you need to be able to improvise, play by ear and memorise music. These are skills that come naturally to jazz or rock musicians, but something I feel I am lacking.
Consequently, I would like to develop skills in this area.
- I have already tried improvising by alternating musical phrases with my brother on the electric guitar.
- I am not using music notation for my musical storytelling which I hope will improve my musical memory.
- I am also learning tunes aurally by listening to them on YouTube or by working out familair tunes by trail and error on the cello.
- I am even performing with a band in December and will need to compose my own cello line.