Issue 73: Quotation – and thought for the week?

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” I took this Miles Davis quotation from the quotation site I was actually looking for a different quotation at the time, but I’ll save that for another week.

The quote seemed to be too clever to be meaningful when I first read it, but the more I thought about the words, the more it made perfect sense.

Once you’ve got the technical skills to reproduce the notation on your instrument to play a piece, then, and only then, does the real work begin! Because the sounds you make are only a means to an end, and the musicality of a performance depends upon all the things that you do that are not written on the page – minute changes to tempo, rhythm, dynamics, articulations, which are not seen on the score, but heard in your interpretation.


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