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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000773.txt from 2001/05

From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] To Tony Pay --- (was: 'cocktail party' theory of
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 04:12:14 -0400

I'm all for players being taught clearly and intelligently. However, I can't
help being reminded of the story of the centipede being asked how he walked.
Roger Shilcock

In message <16716-3B105175-2808@-----.org writes:
> <><> Tony Pay
> The difficulty is, that PIC [Phrasing in Contention] probably won't make
> much sense to you as a beginning clarinet player, because it's very much
> about the quite abstract considerations that performers bring to a
> discipline in which they are already experienced.
>
>
>
> ....but (imo) a person *must* have an idea of where he or she is
> headed before embarking on the journey. Deciding what music is, and
> why it appeals, and how it works is such a fundamental item --- even if
> someone's particular goal is not professional or performance oriented.
> It seems to me that if you don't have a clear idea on these points, then
> you end up being a really fast key pusher and nothing more.
>
> Someone is going to post that surprises happen, and that a person
> who maps everything out first may miss some of the biggest and best
> surprises.
> I won't argue against this because it's true.... sometimes. But I
> do argue that it would be wrong for any of us to avoid discussions of
> this sort because "I'm not there yet and I can't possibly understand
> it."
>
> Cheers,
> Bill
>
>
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