I asked him what it feels like to be “world-class.” But, I could tell he was uncomfortable with comparisons.
There were periods of time when I would be stuck in a rut. I’m sure that every guitar player has at some point “hit a brick wall”. It’s really frustrating. Some people spend long periods of time playing the same things and not evolving. This can be very demotivating and lead people to enter a long hiatus or, worse, quit playing the instrument with no intention of “getting back on the saddle”. I’m part of the first category and I can give you some tips on how to avoid that darn rut.
As imperfect human beings, we’re the first to ask for forgiveness and understanding; but, are we the first to extend it?
While many prominent musicians famously shun any discussion of genres, the fact is that there are broad categories of music with shared origins, instrumentation, arrangements, and other characteristics that bind them together.
My classical piano studies taught me a lot about technique and reading music, but in jazz and pop styles, you improvise over chord changes. That terrified me. How do you just… improvise? I didn’t know how to make the transition.
When looking for a summer festival to conclude their 2015 Zip Code Tour, The Rolling Stones picked Quebec City’s Festival D’ Été De Quebec as the event with the most festival feel in North America.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a union guy through and through. When I see public sector unions doing battle with the government, I don’t bitch about how good civil servants already have it compared to the rest of us, I bitch that the rest of us should have it as good as the unionized workers do.
It turns out that playing music engages almost every part of your brain simultaneously! As a musician, I found this fascinating and wanted to share it with our readers.
Live streaming this Friday at 7:30 NS (Atlantic), Life As A Human features two-time JUNO Award winning folk musician – the troubadour with a banjo – Old Man Luedecke. See this master songwriter in the tradition of the great folk artists like Woody Guthrie in the most intimate of settings, a “house concert” in a small town Shelburne Nova Scotia recording studio, HarbourTone Productions.
We of the masses who consume or benefit from the products of highly creative minds and souls often have a romantic notion of the “tortured genius.” But we do not live in their world.