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Re: Tactics for Circumventing Musical Ruts

On 2004-06-13, at 11.45, Andreas Willers wrote:

> Hi,
> yes, focussing on performance as opposed to chops is probably very
> important. Quote from Howard Roberts: "Don't go and learn your 
> arpeggios, go
> and learn YOUR ARPEGGIO."
> I just saw Elliot Sharp perform solo acoustic guitar and, while being
> extremely limited as far as his playing technique goes, he still 
> maintained
> an "attention curve" and a focus in his performance rather well - a 
> music
> lesson.
> Regards, Andreas

Can't say how much I agree with Andreas post. Telling your story is 
essential! And as with all kinds of storytelling the time line is very 
important. You have to initially decide on a certain tempo (not the 
"BPM" tempo but rather how often you introduce new themes into your 
storyt) and then stick carefully to that tempo. If speeding or slowing 
down the story it has to lead to some sort of conclusion. Not saying 
that you have to know about the end station when beginning to slow down 
the train - you can always make something up when you get there.

My trick to avoid ruts is to start at a different station and go to 
different  place than usual. You can also chose to take the train 
through a different landscape. It's very easy and anything actually 
goes as long as you treat music as "a story" or "a journey". If you, or 
a partner, should to play "the wrong" notes, it doesn't matter that 
much if the movement is clear. A lot of great music is imperfect when 
analyzed in detail... but - who cares about that?

All the best

Per Boysen