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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000401.txt from 2003/10

From: "Sue Raycraft" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] band directors
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 13:02:38 -0400

> Regarding the comment "... it is an enormous mystery to me how anyone can
> an instrument with a high degree of skill and yet freeze completely once
> dots aren't there to read.": I'm not sure why this should be a mystery. It
> seems clear (at least to me) that the talent and ability needed to perform
> written music are different than the talent and ability needed to compose
> music, be it by carefully written and revised manuscript or "on-the-fly"
> improvisation. To draw an analogy, it is one thing to be able to construct
> house from a given plan, but it is another to be able to create the plan
>> itself.
> Andy

If you were to compare making music with communicating through
speech, you can see how this is true. For most of us, carrying
on a conversation is just second nature; we don't even really
have to think about it. But not everyone is good at writing.
Not everyone even knows how to READ; but that doesn't mean
they can't talk. (I am one of those who is lousy at writing! Hope this
all makes sense....)

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