How to Play Like You’re Saying Something

The way many of us learn how to play an instrument in school is completely backwards. The way we often teach kids to play an instrument in school is like learning to speak by first tackling the vocabulary, the spelling, the grammar, and the mechanics of speech. That’s not how we learn to speak, is it? Would it be better instead to allow kids a few years to just explore the sounds and possibilities of the instruments, like babies do when they learn to speak? Here’s a beautiful video example of 4 musicians saying something meaningful: … More How to Play Like You’re Saying Something

12 Rules of Practice, from Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is a musician who knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some serious jazz with Art Blakey. Check out Wynton’s discography for more evidence.

Here are 12 practice suggestions from Master Marsalis. Each one could be the subject of a book on its own. … More 12 Rules of Practice, from Wynton Marsalis