Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Mon Mar 28 09:58:27 PST 2005


I guess this is a good illustration that both the right and left brain can be
developed to a high level.  It is just a matter of working on it.  Remember,
left brain reads the music, right brain does the improv.  It is always sad, yet
funny, when an accomplished left brainer [ legit good reader ] tries jazz. They
are left in a state of shock.

Here are the four types of right brain steps that players go through:

1] Trust to God that the fingers will go to the right places. Trust me,  this
does not work.
2] Read and play the tune and add a few additional notes here and there.
3] Read the chords and play notes that fit the chords.. scale tones that go with
the chords. More complex tunes with suprise progressions require this.
4] Take your eye off the music and play what your hear.  Your best solos will be
played this way.

I am a "legit" reader clarinet player that went through all these steps over the
last five years.  I probably had one advantage.  Even as a youth before I
started playing sax, I could always anticipate the next chords of a tune as I
listened to the big bands of the 30s-40s. So, the right brain had been working a
little bit and improv came to me a little easier than perhaps most others.

Russ Guarino

Steve barbone wrote:

> One never knows about the two. There is some crossover.
> Our Dixieland Trombonist is GLENN DODSON, Now 74 years old.
> Curtis Institute Grad
> 3 years 1st Trombone Marine Corps Band, Washington DC.
> 9 Years 1st Trombone N. O. Symphony
> 3 Years Trombone Chicago Symphony
> 28 Years PRINCIPAL TROMBONE Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.
> His students include Principal Trombones of Philadelphia, NY, Chicago and
> San Francisco Symphonies.
> Generally acknowledged by his peers, in his prime classical years, as one of
> the 4 finest Classical Trombonists in the World.
> Loved Jazz from Day One.
> Moonlighted with Fountain, Hirt, Humphries, Kimball et al in New Orleans.
> Moonlighted with Jazzers in Philly and NYC after that.
> Plays as fine an OKOM Trombone as you would ever hear as long as you
> appreciate Teagarden and are not wedded to Ory as the last word in Dixieland
> playing concept.
> Musically he is an unbelievable player and makes the rest of the band (no
> slouches either), that much better.
> One never knows, do one?
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
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