Re: Response to Alex about Transcribing
First of all this post is a response to a specific conversation between myself and Alex, I posted this because I couldn't access his email on the day that I responded, therefore some of this is taken out of context.
Secondly you mention that this is not the training in order to expand correctly but then you never state the way to expand correctly.
Thirdly, there is a difference between the average musician and the major recording artists today in Jazz. I'm talking the elite not just the popular. In order to achieve that level of playing it takes much more effort and knowledge then most of us are aware of. It is disrespectful and naive to think otherwise. The method that I described in Alex's response is not for everyone, it is time consuming and meticulous but it is one of the ways to achieve a higher level of playing. I mean no disrespect to the weekend warrior who plays fine. If you enjoy the music that you make with your instrument then that is all that matters.
Jazz is an art form. It is founded in a deep tradition. In order to successfully represent this music a student must learn the rules and then develop their playing beyond these boundaries. It is exactly like learning a language you don't just decide to speak french, listen to a couple of tapes of people speaking french and then start babbling sounds that you think sound like french words. Other people who don't speak french might not be fooled, but those who actually do understand the language would be offended. If you are really going to learn the language then you have to study it from all angles. This is one way to approach this tradition but certainly not the only way.
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