posted on Jun, 5 2007 @ 01:07 PM
I hear you whaaa...
Music is a bit like Visual art as I see it. You may see a painting where it looks as though someone just took a brush and threw it across the canvas
and called it Abstract Art, or someone paints a couple of squares on a Canvas and calls it Minimalist Art. To many people it may not appear to be
"true" art, but I relate what these type of artists do to music in that you don't need to over embellish music with a constant stream of notes just
like you don't need to necessarily overdo art by painting a Monet everytime. Sometimes the least amount of something is best...
Point in case, just listen to Django's "Manoir De Mes Reves" or "Improvisation on Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Andate"...very, very few notes and at
a very slow tempo. However, they are to me, two of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created by the human mind.
I think a tendancy with today's musicians is that every piece of music be created like they are high on Cocaine. They think dazzling flurries of
notes across the fingerboard are what the audience craves when they are missing the entire point that music is based on emotional responces to a
series of tones. So, just like the artist that paints only squares on a canvas and calls it minimalist art...music can mirror this aspect in that
sometimes the least amount of something can envoke the greatest emotional responce.
Swing Jazz, Django-esque Jazz, Gypsy Jazz...whatever you want to call it, is a very complicated form of music that often combines aspects of Jazz,
Classical, Musette, Flamenca, Bolero, Rhumba, Blues, Gypsy, and Folk, but to name a few. It can take years and years of serious study before one
becomes familiar with all the nuances of it, but is some of the most exciting and thrilling music there is...if only for the pure improvisational
nature of it. I have been playing this style for longer than I can remember and every time I pick up one of my Selmer style guitars or one of my
violins I get excited about just learning a new phrase or arpeggio in this style. Like any music it's a great journey and one that, although
difficult, will show you an area of music that has much to offer.