Tag: learning

iRealBook: the double-edged sword

We live in an incredible era for musicians, where we have instant access to an incredible wealth of information that wasn’t available just 15 years ago. All this, thanks to various technological advancements. I can only wonder what further innovations await us! Every previous generation of musician uses the same line with the latest generation: “back in my day, we had to do X to learn to do Y”. For instance, a 35 year old musician today would tell a 20 year old: “when I was learning music, there was no YouTube, I had to learn from CDs”. The previous generation would say: “In my day, there were no CDs, I was learning from cassette tapes”. The one before that would say “I kept wearing down my records from repeated use”. There’s a famous story […]

Practicing, sincerity, awareness, and passion!

This article originally appeared on Djangobooks.com’s January 2015 blog. This version may differ in that it may have been updated since its original publication.   Greetings folks! Today, I would like to talk about two important, yet, often overlooked aspects of music: awareness and intent. These two terms are rather vague, indeed, but encompass many aspects of music, and I would like to focus on what I believe to be the most important ones. Many people contact me asking for advice on what they should be practicing; I strongly feel that understanding these issues will inevitably help you determine what you should be working on, as a musician. To start with, my reasons for generally appreciating an artist, are usually different than most people’s: to me, it is the very subtle, yet important details that I […]