There is something so beautiful about just being alone with your instrument. I used to keep my instruments in their cases, but when I began leaving them out in my living room I noticed that I picked them up and played more. While doing something – or nothing around the house, I would more often grab a guitar or uke in some in between moment and noodle. I ended up making much faster progress that way too.
Those of us in who have spent some time teaching will often call weaknesses, or low skills, development areas. Sounds better, eh? Well, one of my development areas is electric guitar. I love my acoustic guitars. I love the percussiveness of them, etc. But I naturally want to move into playing some electric guitar. So far, I’ve found it to be a very different approach and mindset to acoustic playing. Besides the pure technique, there is all the gear – amps, pedals and so on.
All I can say is, I have a ways to go. But I’ll keep working on it.
We know that sound results from the vibrations of air molecules moving through the air to our eardrums, that the speed of those vibrations is referred to as frequency, measured in Hertz, and that pitch is the relative highness or lowness of a sound. But what is music?
I love this quote by T Bone Burnett, who I admire in spades. It’s a beautiful and elemental way to think about music.
“I view all instruments as drums and all music-making as tribal. A violin is just a drum with some strings attached, but it’s still a resonating chamber you attack with a bow or your fingers. A flute is a drum with holes in it that you blow through to make different pitches with that resonating chamber you attack with your breath. A band is, ‘Okay, we’re a tribe now. We’re going to be in this village right now and we’re going to tell people in the next village what’s happening over here.’ That’s all it is, really.”