> ... > i think charlie parker told a story once: he had a fellow musician stand > beside him as he practiced. parker's instructions were for his friend to > hit him everytime they heard him recylce an idea. if he played a >"lick", he > got whacked. this is the idea, so far as i'm concerned. don't allow > yourself to get away with anything less than 100% of your creativity. > anything less is simply a cop-out...a sort of getting-by in the music. > >... hey, charlie parker was just breathing my air in a different way. good thing he didn't realize that and quit... no, really. if music were only about doing "something new," it wouldn't be music anymore either... interestingly, music is a ancient greek word and for them it included a much wider universe than it does for us (for example math and physics) >... > my point: sampling other folks music is just a little more effortless and > therefore a little less legitimate (maybe legitimate isn't the right >word). > you didn't have to try quite as hard because you found a riff that you >liked > on a record somewhere, created by somebody else, already employed in > somebody else's jam. > > i get the sneaking suspicion that i'm a one-man minority on this subject. > > -jim > you are not alone. i have held this position myself in the past. i suggest that you try to do what you are claiming is "more effortless" and see what comes out. i actually prefer to be effortless in my playing. (this ironically turns out to be quite difficult) check out kenny werner's excellent book "effortless mastery" i consider it essential reading for any musician.