by Jeff Scheetz, TrueFire’s Director of Education
Have you ever had someone ask you if you like the lyrics to a song and you say “I didn’t listen to them — I was just listening to the
However, if we just keep our ears on the
I have transcribed quite a few Charlie Parker sax licks. By learning his licks I have learned some cool moves that I would have never thought of playing on the
I also have sat down at the record player — yes I said RECORD PLAYER (you kids with your iPad apps and your digital files and your guitar courses and whatnot don’t know how easy you have it) and worked up Paganini Caprices that were played on the violin. It is not only hard to hear the violin tones and put them on
As far as learning, you can really stretch yourself by listening to other instruments. Especially when it comes to improvising, as the musical techniques you use when you improvise create such a “universal language.” The new TrueFire course “The Language of Improvisation” by sax guru Bill Evans is a great example of someone teaching killer riffs and ideas — but on an instrument other than what I play. It doesn’t matter what the weapon of choice to deliver the licks is — it matters that I understand the language!
So here is what I want you to do. Take a few minutes this week and work on learning a few licks from an instrument other than
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