Tag Archives: Composition

Playing With Commitment

I was reading one of those glossy guitar magazines, the other day. My wife buys me one, every now and then, as a much appreciated gift. In this edition, there was an obituary, of sorts, for the late Rick Parfitt, … Continue reading

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Unmade Contributions

In every vocational situation you find yourself in, you try your best, if you have any integrity.  You try to accomplish good things.  Sometimes, though, the doubters win and you find that you cannot assemble enough belief, faith, support, resources … Continue reading

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Music as Analogue for Life

I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment; a Christmas gift.  It’s a book that speculates on the nature and occurrence of intelligent life in the universe.  Essentially, it is an examination of the Fermi paradox:  if intelligent life … 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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The Joy of Intuitive Anticipation

They say that guitar players’ brains are different to other people, in that they have a stronger tendency to synchronise with the music, at a biophysical level, and with other players.  According to studies, they temporarily switch off their consciousness … 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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