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Brain Storage at Farmer's Market in AZ and other Minutia

Posted by cornfed on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My banjo buddy and I had a good run at the local Farmer's Market last Saturday. They have even asked us to come back. They must be desperate. We are planning on busking in Tombstone again this weekend, before the weather gets too beastly hot. Fidel doesn't do hot sun too well. I have experienced a strange memory thing recently. I was playing a Driver waltz in C, when all of a sudden it morphed into "Alabama Jubilee", also in C, almost completely like I used to play it. I have not played nor thought of this tune for many years. It took a very little tweaking to make it playable again. The human brain is a strange and wondrous thing.

I have followed the thread on classical teachers and reading music with a lot of interest. I guess that I really don't understand the whole idea of "accent" I think that any competent player ought to sound however they want to sound. While it's true that someone new to an idiom might not completely grasp some of the complexity present, that's a matter of time and exposure, not technique. You play what you hear in your head. Written music is merely another mechanism for recording musical thought, no different in substance than tablature, or abc . It is how that raw data is interpreted by our brains that constitutes individual style and conscious imitation that constitutes regional style. I would agree that a substantial number of "classical" musicians  have a bias  built in by their long years of instruction. I could also argue that some practitioners of regional fiddle styles wear the same blinders, for similar reasons.


2 comments on “Brain Storage at Farmer's Market in AZ and other Minutia”

richdissmore Says:
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @2:18:16 PM

firends of mine are opening the farmers market june 15 wild thyme band in racine wis. they will have a band ever y week tell fall when the market closes for the season i got them the gig when you talk about classical and folk they eather get along or they don.t some folks think there to good for folk or the folk think there to good for classical i don.,t care lets just make some music and work for harmany

dwoolsey Says:
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @6:20:06 PM

Hi Wayne, nice to see a post from another Arizona fiddler. Hate to sound really stupid but, what is a busking in Tombstone?

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