Wednesday, March 19, 2008

You Gots'ta Break Free

Lat's talk about musical independence.

That crazy practice of performing two or more independent tasks simultaneously

I don't catch a lot of saxaphone or trumpet players doing it. It's mostly a practice of the polyphonic instruments: predominantly keyboard, strings, and (yes) drumset.

Some examples of musical independence include: playing melodic phrases over ostinati (repeated figures) on a solo instrument, playing polyrhythmic figures on a solo instrument, and performing contrapuntal phrases (round, canon, and fugue) on a solo instrument.

You know what? You can do all those things on a drumset!... Uh hunh! This is the stuff that fascinates me and I will be positing more on this subject.

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