Tag Archives: Arrangement

Musical Motifs

My musical focus, lately, has been on trying to compose melodic motifs or fragments, in an improvisational setting, that have some beauty to them.  It’s very easy to simply roll out all the licks you’ve learned, or to doggedly stick … Continue reading

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Playing the Right Note

Here is some wisdom, which sounds Zen, perhaps a touch impractical, airy and even blindingly obvious, but which is very important, for any musician, to learn, internalise and follow. The business of playing music, especially improvised music, is all about … Continue reading

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A Kind of Fraud

I’ve been reading behind-the-scenes recollections and reminiscences of life as a top-flight, session, studio musician, in the 1960s and 1970s, lately.  There is something that intensely disquiets me about that whole era and the way that popular music was produced … Continue reading

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Resolution and Gestalt

I’ve been watching painters paint for some time now.  You can observe some interesting and seemingly strange behaviours, when you do this.  There are two particular habits I have observed which almost always sabotage the painting and leave the artist … Continue reading

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When Should You Add the Vocals?

A lot of music producers, me included, have a very bad habit. It’s our shameful, guilty secret, but it’s time we confessed to it and mended our ways.  What is this dreadful habit we share? If you’re like most music … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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In Praise of Skill

My art teacher and friend posted a link to this sardonic article on my timeline, recently: http://www.treeshark.com/treeblog/?p=1816 It was a tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent, held recently at the National Portrait Gallery.  While … Continue reading

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