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    Soul of the Music vs. Technical Circus
    Posted by Aaron Clegg - May 14, 2010 - 9:36 PM

    You can be an excellent technical musician and still not connect with people. Why? It might have to do with your inner attitude or stylistic choices.

    A lullaby performed with a bright and loud soprano opera voice will probably not put the baby to sleep. Oregano is a brilliant herb, but it doesn't really taste good in rice pudding. Is this starting to make sense? There are always choices to make about the ornamentation, style, flavor, and so forth.

    Then there are the showoff performers. Some people play as if they're cooking a soup with EVERY spice in their kitchen. Yuck! I say, "Good for you - you own some coriander. Now learn when to use it and when not to." Same goes for ornamentation in music. Don't bury the tune in auditory showmanship.

    Sometimes less is more.

    That being said, don't be afraid to experiment with weird combinations. Raisin and garlic bread might taste good - you'll never know until you try it. Same can be said of an operatic "Smoke on the Water." But really notice how it the music feels. Stay conscious.

    Breathe. Connect. Find the soul of the music.


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