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Re: Frank Gambale & Jazz-Rock Fusion + Thoughts on theory + S.O.S.
11/12/2006 4:16 PM
Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:
Music should help you fly, brother. It is a medium by which dreams are given brief life. If theory can help you achieve that, great...and I am of the belief that at least a modicum of theory DOES help get one off the ground.
But be careful that you don't turn into the NASA rocket scientist that loves the idea of space travel, but will be forever mired in mission control responsibilities, instead of actually getting to make the trip; mired in the muck of details.
Play from the heart. Play what you hear in your head when you wake in the middle of the night. Sometimes, sure, it matters why you play what you play, or think, and you hear the major 7ths and scales you've practiced, but on the best of days, you play what you would hum. And the only goal of theory, is to help you play what you hum...but it (theory) can become an end in itself, ultimately unsatisfying.
Just learn how to find quickly the notes you want to express. How ya do that is up to you...just my 2 cents.
Good luck...I liked Gambale also, saw him live..