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Jazz Improvisation Versus Stringent Sheet Music

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 2:47 am

As a keyboardist sometimes my mind wonders about things.  This particular instance relates to my love of music and its many different presentations.  Jazz is a genre I’m growing in.  My husband is a professional saxophonist and he is a student of jazz so his learning rubs off on me.  Classical music is where I got rooted in as a child.  However, when you compare the two in terms of color, class, and popularity I could not help but ponder the preference of many.

I can’t say that I necessarily like Jazz over classical music.  Though my current playing style is largely based in jazz.  Nevertheless, I do respect classical music; however, I think too much of it begins to get a bit elevator music-like.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I enjoy the non-conventional methods involved in composing Jazz with the improvisation and adlibs.  I like the syncopation and solos and body movements of some musicians that are in a trance.  On the same token classical music can be so serene and almost cleansing.  As a teacher, I should play it more often in the classroom!

  It’s hard to choose whether I like the freedom of the jam or the written composition and the surprise entailed in reading and feeling what the artist was conveying in each note!

I don’t read much anymore though I took classical lessons for over 10 years.  I don’t practice much at all, so I’m really lacking in all areas!  I will say that a recent endeavor will have me leaning more to the jazz side as my husband purchased Jazz 101 by Hear and Play.  This two disc DVD tutorial will help me without having to read any notes.  I’ll just pop it in and watch, practice and learn!

It’s a healthy practice to stay proficient in my reading of sheet music.  I actually taught piano for a season.  I was skilled, but could have been better in the department of sheet music had I stayed consistent in practice.

Whatever your preference, if you’re like me, you’ve got to tip your haps to the likes of Herbie Hancock or even Bach.  Sheet music or not, musical expression is hot!