Tag Archives: Arrangement

Art Smuggling

There’s something important about LP records that the inventors of the compact cassette, compact disc and streaming music services evidently failed to grasp. If they were to be believed, these music delivery formats had a single function – to deliver … Continue reading

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If You Want…

If you want to be a better Composer Song writer Music producer Rhythm guitarist Bass player Band member Drum machine programmer Dancer Drum machine designer Musician Empathic human being then takes some drum lessons. I’ve started taking drum lessons and … Continue reading

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How Many Creative Options Do You Need?

This is a hard lesson to learn for many artists, myself included. Here it is, though: adding more creative options only causes you to reach a point of diminishing returns quite rapidly. Beyond that point, having more creative options available … Continue reading

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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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