Re: [Harp-L] random contribution to the list regarding a note.
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- From: The Iceman <icemanle@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:10:48 -0400
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You touch on an interesting aspect of music.
So often musicians are focused on the attack and creation of a note. Once they verify that it is a good note, they are thinking ahead for the next one to play, even while the current one is "hanging in the air", or the duration.
If one stays in the moment for the full duration of a note, it may be shaped better from start to finished. The next note may be allowed to happen more organically.
I prefer this approach to making music.
From: JON KIP <jon@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6:57 pm
Subject: [Harp-L] random contribution to the list regarding a note.
Admittedly, I'm not a diatonic player, just a woodwind player gone astray and
playing so-so jazz on the chromatic,just for the fun of it (yeah, that's enough
to have you stop reading right here), but I do, at times, find good reading on
this list and thought I'd add a random bit of information for anyone interested,
interested in feigning interest, or only interested-adjacent, regarding the
playing of a note. Any note. In a phrase, out of a phrase, or just on a dare of
some sort, or to annoy your dog.
I've been listening to some samples (the old usage of that word) of some players
and it seems that, in more than a few cases, the ends of the notes are just
disregarded.... at times, each note sounds like it's both started and cut off
with the tongue...even on slow tunes...
My sixty + years at this silly "let's try to make a living playing music and
never have a Real Job" thing, tell me that both ends of notes are important.
this is not a rant, but an educated observation, that might be somewhat helpful.
Or, of course, simply annoying and "who does he think he is?" kind of thing. (On
my website, there's a page called that, if anyone has too much time on their
hands. That page was included in the site because, at times, I forget who I am).
envelopes, it turns out , are not only for electronic sounds. How a note is
ended can really be a thing of beauty , or , you know, the other thing.
ok, end of what I hope isn't perceived as a rant, rather than what it really is
.....practice-avoidance on my part
player of music, mostly written by dead people and played on a toy that
everybody's Uncle except my nephew's has the good sense to keep safely out of
sight in a drawer.
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