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Beyond Bass Camp

Digging Deeper Inside the Bass, with Steve Lawson.

Jun
26

OK, this is one of the best presentations on learning music I’ve seen in ages.

I got to play with Evelyn Glennie a few years back, in her studio – she had been talking to Rick Turner about electro-acoustic music, and he’d advised her to talk to me about looping. I went to meet her and talk to her about looping and processing, and demo the Looperlative for her. Her sensitivity to everything we played, every processed element I added to her percussion, was incredible. Her profound deafness was certainly no impediment to her musical performance or her ability to collaborate. Given just how quickly she reacted to every change, and how sensitive her touch was, one could just as easily suggest it was an advantage, based on experiential evidence alone.

What certainly is advantageous is the way that Evelyn has used her profile as a musician and her unique history in studying and performing music to speak about learning music, and learning in general, across the globe. Including the talk embedded below from the Ted Conference.

It’s no overstatement to say that this is one of the finest presentations I’ve ever seen on learning an instrument. Evelyn demonstrates and explains so clearly many of the things I talk about when teaching, particularly the point about learning music in the context of playing music, rather than what I refer to as ‘practicing practicing’ – getting good at musical exercises without rooting them in the magic of playing actual music.

Watch, learn, be inspired:


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3 Responses to “Evelyn Glennie On Playing Music And Learning”

  1. Mike Farley Says:

    Wonderful – more than inspiring! Thank you!

  2. Evelyn Glennie: How To Listen To Music With Your Whole Body by Graham English Says:

    [...] tip to Beyond Bass Camp and Steve Lawson for finding this [...]

  3. Steve Uccello Says:

    Awesome! Also, I loved ‘Touch The Sound’ -a must see movie for any musician-

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