Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- The Untold School- a school within' the universe you live in.

- For all intents and purposes,unless you experience's not on the radar screen.Going deeper educationally than just a degree or diploma.Because of that it sure can go unnoticed but in some quarters even distained by the mainstream community. After all, the street meets the music is part of the world you should strive to be a part of. Things could lean to experimental and the unorthodox or even home-grown. I noticed this as a student back in 1969, at Berklee when it was called Berklee School before even Berklee college. As I got older, and experienced_road bands_on a day to day level, I started to be grateful for this school. This UNTOLD SCHOOL....goes further into the70's and 80's in a thriving musical community that only exists these days among those of us that paid the dues to be part of it. ....Maybe you could call it a working educational brotherhood? Networking for forward motion and being into it for the sake of music- on it's own terms. I felt this as I started todo rehearsal bands at Berklee with pros that were way over my level as a 18 year old student. Players like Jimmy Mosher,Hal Grossman, Gary Anderson, Joe Viola, Charlie Mariano,John LaPorta, Andy McGhee,Major Holley, Alan Dawson, Dean Earl, John Neves, Alex Elin, Lennie Johnson and more gave many of us a real world walking talking example of how to become your own man. Have a commitment in music that feeds off your passion. This knowledge, much of which was based on personal experience not found in book, gave us a renewed spirit and confidence in the days ahead. Sure, some things could be sad and heart wrenching, but at the same time refreshing to know that we all can survive in music and live to tell the good news. WHY? Because it was about the music- on it's own terms. Think about it....more to come in future blogs on this. ....WANT SOME STUFF TO SHED. . LOOK HERE ; I practice everyday, and I practice for at least 2 hours before I do anything. I do it because it's the one thing in life that has been a constant for me. So few things in life ever remain the same, if any. But the saxophone < and my woodwinds > is the same every day.To me, it's the best ever deal you can make in life. If you work hard and practice at your saxophone , you get better. It's that simple! Think about it. Still grateful to be playing and learning. Looking forward to each gig and rehearsal and student, trying to stay in that vibe. And learn what I can from it. All human beings are linked together through the timeless, universal chain of history and events.The musician links to the practice room and the bandstand. Various life developments have been born in both environs. ~ The first stage of the artistic process involves absorption of principles and techniques that have already been accepted as standard in the field , the artist personalizes past and contemporary styles, meaning active participation in real world. This is why, I've always felt the need to play with all kinds of musicians, any age and of course working heavily with students to develop their "real world" skills. So- till next week - practice hard and eat more vegetables and fruit. Don't forget to do something nice for somebody too, remember compassion is essential with each other. Here's some things to work on also ; STUFF TO SHED FROM TIM PRICE.... Check it out and enjoy.... also- for some more ideas....check through these ; want some ideas on ii-v's...look here; If your looking for a nice warm up / sax sound study-look here; for info on tune study; look here; reed info, look here; sax players food for thought:look here; A nice jazz line using II-V. And a I-VI-II-V...of course If you check my web page- you'll find some intervallic studys on II- V. For those interested in some Bird & bop to shed...check out; THANK YOU. Tim Price

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