Chick Corea on Rhythm

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by Becky Reesor | Music Tools

Practical and on point: Chick Corea addresses rhythm... our key building block.

Without rhythm music becomes garbled. Without playing in "the pocket," a musician forever sounds amateur. WITH rhythm which grooves and is well structured (no matter the genre), the human response is to relax and/or move with the music. Ever fall asleep during a performance? In all likelihood the performer placed and structured the rhythm to flow from before the first note to after the last key release.

Try not to overthink and drown in academia about rhythm. Hear it.. FEEL it before you play. Develop the sense and it will grow.

Drawing & Music

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by Becky Reesor | Musician's Artistry

Engaging with visual art alongside music is a great tool for deepening artistic vision.It can fuel the imagination to spark more vivid sounds and nuanced storytelling, refining musical ideas.

Below is a video of my recent drawing and performance of Cordes à vide (Open Strings) by György Ligeti. The direct reference is to the open strings of an instrument (violin, viola, guitar, etc), however, when the opening melody notes sound it really evokes someone playing crystal glasses  with their finger. Open-fifth intervals glide out of melody tones like light fractals reflecting in and through pieces of glass.

I hope you enjoy the drawing and the interpretation of Cordes à vide!

What are your ways of exploring music?