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Fast Fingers

Fast Fingers

Got fast fingers?

…and an insatiable urge to razzle dazzle?

Well here’s an idea for the New Year: be selective and think variety.

When you listen to others perform music, how long do you stay interested and engaged when you’re presented with a wall of sound?

There have been many times when I’ve been initially impressed with someone’s dexterity and nimbleness only to quickly become bored. How does that happen?

Well, my theory is this: music needs variety to be interesting.

Similar to a bad painting that overwhelms with colors too bold or indiscriminately placed, music can be made bad with too many notes played too often.

The ear craves the precious spaces between notes as much as the notes themselves.

Too much can be, well, too much.

More isn’t always better.

In songwriting, musical improvisation, painting, cooking, and life itself,
just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

What do you think?