February, 2011

Developing a Creative Atmosphere

Although social media and YouTube have allowed us to be connected more than ever before, the sense of community in a musician’s life can never be replaced. True musical growth comes from playing with other musicians and learning from those that have a little more musical maturity.

Developing Musical Instincts: Internalizing the Music

Getting yourself to the point of being able to fluently play in almost any style at any tempo requires much more than just a whole lot of wood-shedding. It requires some serious brain activity, or an internalization of what you’re trying to do. Whether you’re singing the part or just listening and absorbing what’s going on, it’s vital for any musician to get the brain and the muscles working as a team, not as foes.

Gig “War” Stories Part Deux

A few more stories from the annals of Krushar gigdom… “Variety is the spice of life,” so they say. I’m glad that at least in the music business you always have to expect the unexpected. Life definitely isn’t boring!!!

Stylistic Elements of Calypso Music Part I

The beginning of a series of articles and more on the stylistic elements of what makes up calypso music. A lot of people can tell you the difference between a Mambo and a Bossa Nova, but most people cannot tell you the difference between calypso and reggae music. This series will explore many topics from the basic building blocks of the genre to discussing phrasing and interpretation.

Saying something by saying nothing…

The mark of a great percussionist or any musician is knowing when not to play. It’s about letting your ego take a back seat and allowing the music to command the moment. Simple concept, yet unbelievably hard to master.

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