Tag Archives: Improvisation

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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First Takes, First Drafts and Alla Prima Painting

I’ve come to a realisation.  Most of the art I make is presented as it came out.  I rarely go back and correct or edit.  Everything is more or less as it happened.  I need to understand why that has … Continue reading

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Improvisation

When we were growing up, this was one of my dad’s favourite words.  Whenever we got stuck on a problem and didn’t know how to solve it, whether that was planning a new barbeque construction ( a veritable Australian shrine, … Continue reading

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