Friday, March 29, 2013

Clunkers for Sale?

Arnold Jacobs used to say...
 Make every note worth 50 bucks.

In the "First Studies" section of the newer Arban's Method, Joseph Alessi uses the phrase "Tone Cloning"  For this section, he goes on to say:
Clone each note so all the notes are the same style and tone quality.

   Sometimes I hear my students playing a passage and I hear a mixture of good notes and clunkers.  Imagine that each note is a car on the car lot. Your ears are the customer.  Would they be willing to "buy" EVERY  note that comes out of your bell? You want to give those ears a fine selection of well-crafted shiny notes.  Those clunkers do have a way of standing out...

Good music is made from good notes.