Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on June 18, 2001 at 07:49:38:
In Reply to: P.S. posted by HUB on June 17, 2001 at 12:46:40:
: : Hey Bob, very well said, however, the original question was about jazz, not other idioms, so my comments are based on that premise, no it is not fair to compare John and Flea, it was just an example to make my point, I have made a fine living playing music other than jazz, and I love all styles, I am by no means a "jazz snob", nor am I saying you need to go to a college to learn how to play jazz. If you want to play rock, blues whatever, buy some discs and learn it staight from the source, that is the tradition of contemporary music, the demands of the music are not as high as they are in jazz or even classical for that matter. As for as playing from the soul, the more knowledge you have, the MORE you are able to express yourself. What I am trying to get across is that if you learn what it is you are playing, whether it be jazz, ska, A.G. etc...you will be a better musician for whatever your stylistic preference is.
: P.S. if you dont like jazz, you really dont have to listen to it, if you want to become the best possible musician that you can, and be able to sit in on almost any type of gig, its best to be armed with the knowledge that comes with intellectual study of music, be it formal education, or private instruction, or just transcribing (for those of you who can)or learning by ear your favorite player, every genre has a different requirement, if you dont want to play jazz, you can disregard this whole drawn out discussion, if you do want to play jazz, be prepared to actually (God forbid) study what it is that you are playing.
Quite well put yourself! :-)
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