Abandoning the Stress of Rules in Music

I was taught to learn and play a piece of music as if it were the sole focus of attention. Classical music can be extremely structured, and can be listened to as a form of entertainment in and of itself. But what if music were more of a backdrop for life, a sort of compliment to what is already going on? 

Classical music is to be played note for note, written exactly as the composer intended- but what about improvisation instead? 

Having studied classical piano for many years, I think I actually have some form of PTSD from it all. There was no room for error, and emphasis on absolute perfection- in front of a live audience, or judges with pencils and detailed forms on exactly how you played... combine that environment with a person who is by nature anxious, and well... it’s not so good. 

While I still like to play classical music (minus the audience), I have come to really enjoy improvisation, in a style of music where there are no rules, no difficult passages, no technicality required.. it is relaxing to play and relaxing to listen to. 

 

Check out the latest release, Silence of the Snow, on Spotify or Apple Music.

 

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