Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 22:38:16 -0500
Subject: Training

"Sure, I can read music ... but not well enough to interfere with my
(old jazz player applying for job)

By the way, I've never heard anyone who could read his way through notation
of a song say that learning to read music (whatever style) was a waste of
time. Or that it took an extraordinary amount of time to acquire.

Reading music (at least on a single voice instrument like the harp) is
certainly no harder than learning how to bend notes. I'm equally amazed at
the number of people who refuse to learn to bend notes. In both cases the
people protesting are spending as much time explaining why they don't need
the technique as it would take to master it.

Anyone can live a happy life without bending or reading. On the other hand
(s), learning one or both techniques could expand anyone's musical vistas
(whatever that means). Each is just another tool. Both carry heavy
connotations: Reading connotes classical and bending connotes blues. Of
course, blues and jazz can be notated and bent notes can work well in just
about any style of music.

Music notation is just another form of tablature; actually, a more complete
form. And it its most basic form (key of C for straight harp; G for cross)
isn't much more complicated than tablature (you can't see the numbers on the
harp coverplate when you play anyway). (anything for a new thread)

Phil Lloyd
American Harmonica Newsletter

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