Each time I have the opportunity to play, it’s another chance to tell the truth.
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Yeah, it’s more like playing what you think is appropriate for the moment, not forcing any particular style.
10% of musicians make 90% of the money, while the remaining 90% of musicians make the 10% that’s left.
It’s easy to play any musical instrument, just touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
In my music, I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.
One of the problems of people who live with pain is that they spend the whole day thinking about it, and it’s exasperating. But even when I am having a bad moment and I can’t get myself together, I get on stage and for an hour or two the pain becomes super-small. It’s about controlling the mind, telling the pain to step aside. Music does that. It’s the most fantastic drug in the world.
End phrases where you feel they should end. Don’t look for resolutions you don’t feel because the books call for them.
While many forms of music may use the dynamic of improvisation, Jazz exemplifies the unique characteristic of collective improvisation.
Ive never thought the blues was a matter of copying other people. The blues singer should sing songs about his own life. And once the ball got rolling, I felt confident enough to do that as well as cover other peoples songs, and the tributes. Youve got to think about representing your own life in the music, and for me that meant bringing in an element of jazz; I was brought up on jazz, it was my fathers work, it was in the house.
Bird said he worked as dishwasher at Onyx Club on 52nd St. in the early 1940s just to hear Art Tatum play.
I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier.