[linux-audio-user] Thesis: Playing and making music

Vince Werber ka1iic at prexar.com
Sun Dec 10 17:41:43 EST 2006

I have to agree with Orm on this one... sporting has more to do with 
reflex and muscular response (hand/eye coordination) and music playing 
uses the same skills for sure but goes to the more deep emotional levels.

To play an instrument and play it well, one must become part of the 
emotions that the composer or player means to place forward.

As the old time R&B folks said; "ya gotta have soul son... soul".

But what do I know?... I was playing Bluegrass guitar and a Jazz 

73 ('good wishes' in radio speak)
Wado! ('thank you' in Cherokee speak)
vince a.k.a. Wesa

ka1iic at prexar.com

> Hi Frank,
>>> Uhm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcKyv0T4b4A ;)
> Frank, you can't be serious! All that kid is obviously trying do to is
> to rhythmically sync playing 9 huge buttons with his whole hand to the
> 16th notes of the right hand part of the Fantasy Impromptus of Chopin
> (among others). Have you ever seen somebody do a Chopin, controlling
> 88 rather small keys with ten fingers in a predefined order? Not even
> the mechanical issues can remotely be compared to the complexity of
> piano playing (or any other instrument).
> And apart from common belief, the sportive aspect is not really the
> hard part of playing an instrument: Yesterday a friend of mine came
> over to check out my new Grand Piano. Unlike me he is an (admittedly
> exceptional) professional pianist and it was quite frustrating to hear
> him play a piece lying on the note stand, which I had been studying
> before he came. After 20+ years of training I'm more or less able to
> play such a piece, but to hear the subtelties of his dynamic and
> harmonic control was mind blowing, especially as he was sight reading
> a virtuoso piece from the 19th century, (which took me quite a while
> to learn). Telling him my frustration he told me that he can relate to
> that quite well as he experienced the same when he had lessons with
> his his former teacher (who had studied at the Paris Conservatoire at
> age 12)...
> --
> Orm

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