They’re not particular whether you’re playing a flat 5th or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance.
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They’re not particular about whether you’re playing a flatted fifth or a ruptured 129th as long as they can dance to it.
How do I know why Miles walks off the stage? Why don’t you ask him? And besides, maybe we’d all like to be like Miles, and just haven’t got the guts.
I try to teach by example and not force ideas on a young musician. We’re here to be part of a process of exchange.
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There is a time where you’re beyond yourself, better than your technique, better than your usual ideas.
Jimmy (Wakely) told me, I don’t want you to sound so much like Dinah Washington.’ So, I thought, How can I get around this?’ And one of the people I really dug was Patti Page. So I thought, Oh, I’m going to sound like her.’ I actually did with a couple curly-cues thrown in for effect, but, that’s how I started getting away from the predominant Dinah influence, and getting my own style together.
I wanted to sustain a note like a singer. I wanted to phrase a note like a saxist. By bending the strings, by trilling my hand – and I have big fat hands – I could achieve something that approximated a vocal vibrato. I could sustain a note. I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions. By fooling with the feedback between my amplifier and instrument, I started experimenting with sounds that expressed my feelings, whether happy or sad, bouncy or bluesy. I was looking for ways to let my guitar sing.
Jazz music is an aural souvenir of mankind’s attempt to express the intangible, the heart, the soul, through art.
A Les Paul, which is kind of a sissy guitar compared to a Strat anyway. The Les Paul is heavier, but because of that bulk you can do bends on it more easily. Also, the Les Paul’s lack of a vibrato arm means you’re not wrestling against the spring-loaded bridge all the time. The Strat is the ultimate because it’s like having a miniature pedal steel within it. Once you get familiar with it where the bends are and where they meld down into a fourth or whatever, you can do all kinds of pedal-steel-like things, which I think are cool..
Silence is what makes music sexy. I just move blocks of silence around. The notes are an afterthought.
Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise. It’s easy to rediscover part of yourself, but through art you can be shown part of yourself you never knew existed. That’s the real mission of art. The artist has to find something within himself that’s universal and which he can put into terms that are communicable to other people. The magic of it is that art can communicate to a person without his realizing it.