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 Re: Musicality
Author: mberkowski 
Date:   2022-01-17 00:08

If you can find an opportunity to take a course in music theory and if a cerebral approach appeals to you, that might make the difference. Western music theory courses are often structured such that students learn counterpoint before learning much about harmony, and counterpoint is all about lines starting very simple and increasing in complexity. The more you able to see and anticipate the direction and destination of a line in music, and its relationship to other lines, you may find your performance change. I always was a "more musical person" I think as you suggesting, but that didn't mean I was better at phrasing - maybe just better at listening and at imitation.

Through a few years of introductory theory courses as an undergraduate, I always felt like I gained better instincts for interpretation and my playing progressed a lot. But later during a period when I wasn't performing (or practicing) much, I had the opportunity to take some advanced music analysis courses heavily focused on lines and underlying structure. That changed everything for me in performance. When I came back to the oboe, even pieces I had previously learned and internalized for recitals improved.

I know graduate level theory courses like those are not readily available to everyone and it might not be practical to study extensively, but if you can enroll in an introductory course it could pay dividends in performance. Best of luck!


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