Sharpen the Axe
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
From my last post, you will know that writing isn’t’ going so well for me at the moment. So, I’m going to “sharpen my axe”. Today I’m listening to some Miles Davis whilst reading this great research paper: Inside the Score in the 21st Century. One quick look at this article and you’ll realise that it’s not about writing for Concert Band. This is ok for two reasons…
- Great composition happens in every genre and great ideas can come from anywhere. For you think might mean taking a walk, going to the ballet or visiting an art gallery, or something else entirely.
- I also write for Big Band (Jazz Ensemble), so it is a little more directly relevant for me.
The article also references several notable contemporary Big Band writers and their works, which I will also listen to.
Then I’m going to analyse a beginner band piece that we are doing at school Ogopogo by Robert Buckley.
A day of listening, analyzing and hopefully learning…with any luck my “axe” will be sharper at the end of the day.
I really appreciate the tips in your blog. I started a melody journal based on your advice from one of your earlier posts. Anyway, I just wanted to write and say hi.
– John Licari
Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I’m glad you’ve found something useful to take away. The melody journal sounds great.