Welcome to Five Link Friday, where I post 5 of my favorite links from the week. I hope you enjoy them. I’d love to hear what you think! If you have a favorite of your own you’d like to add please feel free to do so in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
This is a really interesting article. Even the best musician makes errors, but things groove despite that (or maybe because of it.) I think it would be interesting to see how they would calculate fluctuations in rhythm that was “intentional” like a jazz musician laying back or a bass player playing on the front end of the beat. It does make me uncomfortable – but I do the knowledge gets used for good and not evil.
This article really hit home. I grew up with a piano in my house, always tuned and ready for me to pluck out some chords or a melody. Shortly after graduating from college I was able to get my very own piano, a beautiful upright worth 17 times what I paid for it. I loved playing it. Unfortunately it was damaged when the roof of the house I was renting caved it and my piano was destroyed. Despite that, I moved it to my new house and it’s been sitting in the garage for the last five years. I just can’t seem to part with it.
About a month ago I started going to the gym. Again. A happy bi-product has been the things that Jessica talks about in this blog post. Working out, listening to jazz helps get me focused and tackle things throughout the day. I always seem to come up with the best ideas at the gym – thank goodness for smart phones where I can take a note and have it for later. Anyone else out there experience this?
Here’s some good advice on one way to approach practicing. I would say that some of my practice is done in this fashion. What about you? How do you practice?
This last link is blantant self promotion… my progressive jazz saxophone quintet, Doublers Collective, is raising money to commission a piece from Alan Baylock. We’re providing a local fundraising concert at Winfield’s Cafe on Aug. 7th at 7 PM, but we are accepting donations from everyone! The perks are pretty cool too. So check it out and donate or help me spread the word. Thanks!!