phrasing - musicianship
by, 04-20-2010 at 11:06 PM (895 Views)
I'm not sure how I feel about a personal blog. I guess we'll see how this goes. At any rate it was suggested my morning rant start this shebang off.
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So this morning I'm assigned a task by the SgtMaj (my beloved wife) to orchestrate some string tracks of some of her favorites from yesterday. Specifically the Carpenters. First off let me say the music itself is not necessarily my cup of tea being a long hair orchestra guy and a gritty bluesman as a youngin'. That said.
Holy Dog Doo Doo Batman! I wish I could somehow teach my horn students to phrase and nuance like Karen. Forget my horn students, I wish all the musician's in my orchestra could phrase like that. Why is it that everything has to be written, notated, transcribed, etc etc etc?
I mean, don't get me wrong, you have GOT to be able to play the heck out of your axe(s) of choice. Without technique instrumental or vocal there is nothing to hang the music on to start with. But you figure that by the time someone graduates from a School of Music famous or not , or someone that cares so much about writing a song that contains something from their soul, that perhaps it wouldn't take a Schenkarian analysis class to make a horizontal line or a shift of mood.
Of course I also know that some of the youngin's around here are gonna scratch their heads at this post but I think phrasing and nuance applies just as much to the pop/country/rock/blues/bluegrass/<insert style here>.......world as it does to my shrinking classical genre. Call me crazy. I heard that.
p.s.-and I have to say that I love the sound of analog tape and a song that hasn't been bludgeoned to death by "maximizers" too........after all I have a volume knob.