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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000582.txt from 1999/01

From: Anne Bell <bell@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Combs, jazz et al
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 09:33:20 -0500

Recently in the Theory list it was noted that the serious jazz players had
a better grasp of theory (in general- you know the disclaimer) going into
theory classes and consequently a better understanding in analysis of why
certain chords were there and where things were going. I can certainly see
how this would be the case- rather than simply playing what is on the page
they have to know at the very least what the chord indicated contains and
substitutions if they so desire. Then stylistic concerns enter into play
as the musician works this out on the spot (unless they've "cheated" and
come prepared) It is a skill I lack- when I have time and a group to play
with- even if that means band in a box- I plan to work on it. Bill Smith
has a book on Jazz clarinet that goes step by step with scales and rhythms
as well as explainations that I plan to work through.

Jazz Impaired Anne

At 06:36 PM 1/12/99 -0600, you wrote:
>A postscript to my original message
>
>My opinion should not be construed as suggesting that jazz clarinetists are
>better musicians and/or players. Just as it is easier to learn the sax after
>playing the clarinet than the other way around, it is easier to learn the
>interpretation of the classical repertory after learning jazz improvisation
>than the other way around.
>
>This is all just my opinion and others are free to disagree.
>
>SJG
>
>sjgoldman@-----.com
>

Anne Bell
bell@-----.net
ABC Index: http://www.sneezy.org/anne_bell/

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