Consciousness

Rhythm as Motion

All music comes from the same place – the canvas of silence. What is placed on the canvas is where the differentiation of one piece of music from another occurs. Are we creating a Western classical symphony? An Irish drinking song? An Indian raga? As students of rhythm, we learn that most, if not all, of the forms of rhythmic material have some kind of structure. World percussion students often spend much of their time studying the patterns (commonly called “rhythms”) of different forms of world music – patterns (and families of patterns) with names like shiftaatellii, samba, jig, fanga,

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Taking up the Practice… and practicing!

In “Interior and Exterior Experiences of Music,” I discuss the importance of development on both  technical/theoretical and experiential/expressive domains. Clearly, the most important aspect of this is practice, the question is how.  Our approach to practice plays a significant role in our development and can make the difference between growing as artists, stagnating, or even becoming so discouraged that we decide to quit altogether. First, it should be noted that without some form of practice, we usually do not develop very much at all. So it is especially important for the beginning student of music to make a commitment to

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Interior and exterior experience of music

If I ask you to thoroughly describe Shakespeare’s Hamlet – could you do it (assuming you have read/seen it)?  Your could tell me it’s in English, that it’s believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601.  You could count the words in the play, the nouns and verbs – or the sentences,  or the number of acts. You would probably also tell me about the setting, characters, and the plot.  You might describe the struggle from the famous soliloquy, Hamlet’s madness – feigned or real, or Ophelia’s death. You might describe the sense of betrayal Hamlet feels about his

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Sound and Silence

I live to be immersed in the deep silent waters of divine sound.  Music has always been a companion for me. I grew up around music and musicians. Band rehearsals, studio sessions, gigs, and jam sessions were as much a part of my childhood as baseball practice and video games are for most children. Music has meant many things for me – intimacy, love, play, education, debate, passion, family, but also poverty, suffering, despair, disappointment, and discipline. Music is also where I first met God. So, music has also become my religion… It was in church – the kind of

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