Terminology of Tone

Recently a student asked for a precise definition of “tone”. Since people use the term rather loosely, after defining it for him I decided to consult Webster’s Dictionary and other sources, where I discovered incredibly vague definitions: “quality of sound” doesn’t tell us much. When I looked up the words used in the definitions, IContinue reading “Terminology of Tone”

Expressive Play…

Expressive Playing  –  Second Installment: Melding Technique and Expression Accuracy without expression is just organized sound, and expression without accuracy is just disorganized sound. Notes are just notes, and feeling is just feeling; neither by itself is sufficient. But when you put the two together, you get music. A musician must be both a technicianContinue reading “Expressive Play…”

Expressive Play…

Expressive Playing    –     First Installment In good instrumental music there is much more going on than just the notes and the rhythm; the musician creates an image through music, letting it tell a story that affects the emotions of the listener. This is musical expression. Expression isn’t a measurable thing; it can’tContinue reading “Expressive Play…”