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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001008.txt from 2000/07

From: "Tony Pay" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Learning practices
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 15:57:32 -0400

>From: "David B. Niethamer" <>

>Adapting ideas you like into your performances (or at least exploring >how
>they work for you) is part of learning to make music, IMO.

Yes! One of the miraculous realisations is to understand that any musical
idea you like *actually belongs to you*. Otherwise, how would you recognise

I'm not talking about copying someone's different notes or harmonies. I'm
talking about ways of playing that you find 'speak to you' in a convincing

One of the best tricks in the book is to ask a student to think of a player
they really admire, and then ask them to play something *the way they think
that player would play it*.

They're often astounded when you tell them that the ability they then
demonstrate is actually a part of them that they're not using fully.


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