Tag Archives: Composition

Has Music Education Lost Its Way?

Depending who you ask, rock and roll originated some seventy years ago. Jazz is about a hundred years old. Even Rap is pushing fifty. These are musical art forms that predate young music students, today in their middle teens, by … Continue reading

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Recording With Commitment

Maybe it’s because I was recording sound long before there were DAWs, automated mixing consoles and plug-ins that replace tens of thousands of dollars/pounds/euros of outboard equipment, but it seems the way I record runs counter to how audio schools … Continue reading

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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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