I’ve recently been working on most of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Two-Part Inventions as a kind of warm-up for the fingers and the ears (I learn them by heart and usually go through several first thing in the morning or at the beginning of each of my piano practice sessions). As I was playing No. 3 (D major) today, I realized I mostly was using legato phrasing and decided to venture into a staccato rendition of the piece. With the change of expression (staccato versus the former legato phrasing), I found myself much less self-assured: my memory failed me and I had to refer to the music on a couple of occasions. This, to me, was an indicator that I wasn’t hearing the melodic lines as clearly as I thought I was able to. Indeed, I don’t think my memory would have been caught off guard in that manner if a had been hearing them strong. So in addition to being a useful technical exercise, practicing cantabile style playing using both legato and staccato phrasing seems to be yet another great way to strengthen one’s inner hearing, and thus a very musical exercise. Highly recommended!
With Mátyás Szandai (double bass) and Jeff Boudreaux (drums) on our first ever Word Out UK tour! Many thanks to Brenda and Alistair from Jazz at Dempsey’s for the great vibes and a warm welcome every time. [ fb1 ] [ fb2 ]
Merci à Guillaume Lagrée pour cette sympathique chronique au sujet du nouvel album de Word Out, “Spirit of the Sn@il” ! Vous la trouverez sur son blog (“Le jars jase jazz”) et sur paperblog.fr. Bonne lecture !
Good times performing with the Word Out “New York team” for the second time: Dan Pugach on drums and Tamir Shmerling on double bass. These guys are swinging and Whynot Jazz Room is a cool spot! Looking forward to the next gig, maybe in October… To be continued… [ fb ]
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