From: jterra~nteraccess.com (Joe Terrasi)
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 1995 19:52:33 -0600
Subject: Re: Training (from the Popper thread)

At 3:39 PM 11/5/95, Keith Alexander Carl (Keith A. Carl) wrote:

>;The untrained musician is definately outmunbered by trained. And
>;not only trained to read music, but trained in different styles.

Whether I agree with this or not depends on how you define "training." If
you mean classical training, I disagree. I know and work with so many fine
musicians with either no classical training or very little. Most of the
blues players I know and work with don't read printed music (and are still
fine musicians).

Now, if you have a broad definition of "training," I agree.... If your
definition has room to include journeymen who've spent their lives
listening to and playing music and learning from what they see and hear, I
agree that most players I know are "trained."

I have a fair amount of classical training as a vocalist, and I used to do
a fair amount of sining work in the choral and light opera community. I
found that a lot of traditionally trained musicians have a bit of disdain
for those who are not trained the same way.

My personal taste in musicians of all genres is for musicians who are able
to open themselseves to me and the world through their music. Musical
honesty and integrity cut through more than training and sometimes even
ability. If some find that classical training is a doorway to this sort of
integrity, great, but a *lot* of musicians have achieved greatness with
little or no training of this sort.

In short, there doesn't seem to be a "formula" for getting there.


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