Tuning the Concert

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Classical musician wants jazz/rock/pop musicians’ skills November 19, 2010

Filed under: 1C: Impact — concerttuning @ 1:28 pm
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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.
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One Response to “Classical musician wants jazz/rock/pop musicians’ skills”

  1. Hello, I’ve enjoyed following your blog and just wanted to commend your honesty and open-mindedness! I actually came to classical music through jazz, and have to say I was a bit surprised by the small role improvisation takes in the classical community. It’s part of the reason I enjoy Baroque music as well “period” performances so much, because of the improvisatory flair they have.

    Good luck with all the pursuits you’ve outlined, sounds like some very exciting stuff!


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