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How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills

How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills
by Maria Popova “Respond esthetically to all sounds, from the hum of the refrigerator motor or the paddling of oars on a lake, to the tones of a cello or muted trumpet.” Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain. It can breathe new life into seemingly lifeless minds. But if there is indeed no music instinct, music — not just its creation, but also its consumption — must be an acquired skill. From the wonderful vintage book Music: Ways of Listening, originally published in 1982, comes this outline of the seven essential skills of perceptive listening, which author and composer Elliott Schwartz argues have been “dulled by our built-in twentieth-century habit of tuning out” and thus need to be actively developed. Develop your sensitivity to music. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr Related:  Ascoltare

THE MOZART EFFECT … AND BEYOND BABBITT EFFECT: Child gibbers nonsense all the time. Eventually, people stop listening to him. Child doesn't care because all his playmates think he's cool. BARTÓK EFFECT: Child becomes more and more dissonant. Has trouble maintaining harmony with his peers. BEETHOVEN EFFECT: Child spends far too much time at the keyboard and goes deaf. BRAHMS EFFECT: Child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc.). BRUCKNER EFFECT: Child speaks very slowly and repeats himself frequently. GLASS EFFECT: Child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. IVES EFFECT: Child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate conversations at once. LISZT EFFECT: Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything important. MAHLER EFFECT: Child continually screams, at great length and volume, that he's dying. And finally ….

Southeastern Philosophy: Jason Isbell Opens Up About Alabama, Adulthood and Alcoholism Jason Isbell doesn’t mince words while discussing his battle with the bottle. “Man, I’m an alcoholic,” the Alabama singer-songwriter said of his addiction that involved a dangerously close friendship with Mr. Jack Daniel’s. Isbell laughed, yet knows there’s nothing funny about the damage he caused. Sober since February 2012 right around his 33rd birthday, the thinking-man’s rocker with a soulful sound and a few folk-them-all tendencies hopes that positive turn means he’s not kidding around. In a confluence of events on his way to adulthood, the former guitarist and valuable member of the Drive-By Truckers seemed relaxed talking on the phone from his Nashville home about his progression. Isbell finished the album in late February, the day before his wedding to Amanda Shires, another stirring singer-songwriter whose fabulous touch on the fiddle makes her a true triple threat. Asked what effect these recent changes have had on him, Isbell said, “You know what, I think it’s too soon to tell.

David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work by Maria Popova “Presuming that there is such a thing as ‘progress’ when it comes to music is typical of the high self-regard of those who live in the present. It is a myth. Creativity doesn’t ‘improve.’” Great times and tall deeds for David Byrne this week: First his fantastic collaborative album with St. Among the book’s most fascinating insights is a counterintuitive model for how creativity works, from a chapter titled “Creation in Reverse” — a kind of reformulation of McLuhan’s famous aphorism “the medium is the message” into a somewhat less pedantic but no less purposeful “the medium shapes the message”: I had an extremely slow-dawning insight about creation. Byrne gives a number of examples from the history of music that illustrate this contextually-driven creation and what it reveals about the nature of creativity: He turns to nature for confirmation of this model: The adaptive aspect of creativity isn’t limited to musicians and composers (or artists in any other media). | Listen to a Wall of Music © 2021 - Privacy - Terms Ear training online and mobile | Pitchimprover zoe keating: avant cello A-Trak Alain Macklovitch, conocido por su nombre artístico, A-Trak (nacido el 30 de marzo de 1982, en Quebec, Canadá) es remezclador, productor y uno de los discjockeys más reclamados y cotizados del planeta. Carrera musical[editar] Conocido por ser el malabarista de los platos que acompaña en directo a Kanye West, el canadiense empezó a pisar el acelerador con quince años, cuando ganó su primer DMC World DJ Championship[1] y desde entonces no ha dejado de trabajar y agrandar su reputación. Instalado en algún punto intermedio entre el hip hop y la música electrónica, A-Trak publicó en 2007 el frenético “Dirty South Dance”. Ha aparecido en la portada de múltiples revistas, incluyendo URB (dos veces), BPM y Status.[7] En 2004 Kanye West lo reclutó como su DJ personal para las giras,[8] y ha trabajado estrechamente con él desde entonces, incluyendo actuaciones junto con el rapero estadounidense en MTV especiales, Grammys y varios MTV Video Music Awards. Ha colaborado en el juego DJ Hero 2.

Getting jazz ears | Developing a vivid aural imagination The extent to which your aural imagination is developed, largely determines: the quality of lines you play, how you play those lines (articulation, swing feel, inflection), and the sound you play with. Nothing has such an impact on your playing than your aural imagination. If there were a secret to improvising, developing your aural imagination would be it. Ok, ok. I didn’t say oral imagination. When we go to improvise, we draw from a well of knowledge. The way we hear is the most neglected aspect of practicing improvisation. We all hear differently. Hear and sing intervalsHear and sing specific chord tones while a chord plays in the backgroundHear and sing the roots of a progressionHear a line from a recording and retain it. And the list goes on. Be excited. As you can see from the list above, good jazz ears are a lot more than simply being able to recognize intervals and chord qualities, although that is a small piece of the puzzle. Raising the volume in your head Back to retention.

Kishi Bashi: Tiny Desk Concert club fonograma Jazz Ear Training - Master Your Intervals in 28 Days Being able to quickly hear, sing, and accurately identify intervals is essential to developing your improvisational ear. In this article, I’ve put together a plan for you to master your intervals in 28 days. For beginners, this will give you a much needed foundation. And for more advanced players, it will give you a chance to brush up on your intervals and fill in any gaps that might be there. The goal is to be so familiar with these sounds, that it requires very little effort to process them. Getting acquainted with the intervals One of the best ways to get familiar with all of the intervals is to find a tune you already know that makes use of each one. Minor Second Ascending Gene Ammons on I remember You, Miles on Bye Bye Blackbird, & Sinatra on Nice Work If You Can Get It Minor Second Descending Miles plays Stella By Starlight, Sinatra sings The Lady Is a Tramp, and especially for Patrick Bateman we have Whitney Houston singing Joy to the World (sorry I just couldn’t help myself)

Kishi Bashi: Unique Performances In Time hide captionKishi Bashi is the stage name of Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi. Jennifer Leigh Kishi Bashi is the stage name of Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist K. Consider this name: Kishi Bashi. Kishi Bashi is also known as K. "If I have a lot of idle time, I'll tinker with the violin a bit," Ishibashi says. The first full-length Kishi Bashi album is called 151a — not exactly Thriller as far as titles go. "It's a play on words that translates as a performance aesthetic of having a unique performance in time, with imperfections, and enjoying it while you can," Ishibashi says.