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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by pmac11, Apr 15, 2018.
New book day !
Congrats. Too many syllables in the title for me, but I wish you luck!
Thanks Ricochet! It ain't fluffy, that's for sure.
Whoee, that looks interesting.
Probably unable to be comprehended too. But I'll give it a shot.
Why is jazz so damn intellectual? I guess that we just have to go with the flow such as ; I like the sounds. Or I go with the ostrich with head in the sand, who says; I don't understand, therefore I won't try to understand.
And there's always some-one like me who says: What the hell was that? Play it again.
IMO, Jazz is like abstract art. You don't have to understand it to either like it or dislike it on an individual basis.
I think I like your post Audept.
But it doesn't mean I understand it all.
I've made some fabulous acrylic paintings that I think are B/S. So does every-one else. They've all been consigned to the rubbish bin. Which I think is where they belong.
If I go off on an unbroken stream of musical (debatable) noise, I think I've created a disgusting mess of pretentious crap.
But, somewhere in the universe, someone will say - good stuff. Maybe even here - on earth.
Laughing a lot.
Nothing like a good book , enjoy
It is always good to have some theoretical background. The more the better.
I learned a little theory when I took 8 years of piano-lessons as a kid. (I am no sight-reader, though.)
I am a self-taught guitarists. It was incredible helpful to know some theoretical basics.
When it comes to songwriting and arranging it makes everything easier.
Knowing some theory helps to communicate musical ideas to others, too.
So go ahead. I hope that you enjoy your read.
It's pretty heavy on music theory to be sure, but I find it interesting. I mean, it is music after all ! Fair warning though, it's written in standard bass clef/treble clef notation for piano, no tab or chord diagrams. On the plus side the material is organized and explained very well.
Well you could say that about any genre of music, right?
Essentially it's true that like or dislike exists within each genre, and between genres. In addition some particular pieces may have associations with pivotal life events, both good and bad. In music, everything is possible.....
I thinks it's always good to expand one's horizons. Enjoy pmac11!
I like learning theory for the same reason - it opens up a lot of doors when composing if you know beforehand what's likely to work and what mood (dark, tense, bright, etc) it will project. The alternative is like trying to drive a car without windows imo. Thanks for the encouragement!
BTW.... Loudnlousy is a great name for a guitar forum !
Like all language, music is a continuum. It is built on what came before it. One example: the ii-V-I chord progression is very common in jazz, but is also found in music more than 150 years older. It's also found in songs by The Who and The Beatles, to name but two.
So a bit of theory can explain the structure of songs by Chopin, Miles Davis, Peter Townshend and John Lennon.
As for likes and dislikes, that's on a song by song basis for me. Sometimes even parts of songs will light me up. As you rightly point out, these are highly subjective reactions, with a large emotional component.
Ah Sunday morning!
Thank you sir!
Took me a long time to get jazz, but once I figured it out, I enjoy it more. I just think of it as a 3 very talented musicians playing 3 songs very well at the same time.
In my case, late Sunday evening after a very nice Pinot Noir from Central Otago, NZ.
I love Jazz... but one of the many tragic comedies in my life is, even after listening to it for maybe 25 years, I totally do not get what is happening.
Now that sounds like a cozy spot on the continuum. Music to my ears
Rock is playing three chords to an audience of thousands.
Jazz is playing thousands of chords to an audience of three.