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 Re: my first klezmer experience
Author: Steve Epstein 
Date:   2005-07-18 14:15

Fabulous! And not really because you played klezmer (although that's great), but because you played from a lead sheet (that's lead as in "leed", not "led", just in case you didn't know) :) instead of what it sounds like you are used to, which is playing from from arranged parts. In this case, you learned to make your own arrangements from the chord "chart". You had to figure out what to play, probably played much "out of the chords" but that's okay; you are learning, and most of all, had to listen to the other players, to figure out if you were sounding good, and they to you, all of you, as well.

In these circumstances, soloing is the least important part. Anyone half-way competent on their instrument can solo. THE BEST MUSICIANS KNOW HOW TO MAKE HARMONY, HOW TO BLEND, AND WHEN/WHEN NOT TO PLAY. It's the reverse of orchestra/band playing, as if the third clarinet part were the most important part, simply because it wasn't there and you had to make it up.

Congratulations. You are making music.

Steve Epstein

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