The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.— Imamu Amiri Baraka Jones
Unconventional Music Lessons quotations
Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.
When you play, never mind who listens to you.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
When you take dancing lessons, you learn steps and you learn steps and you learn steps. It can go on for a long time. And then one day, you just learn to dance, and it is so different.
Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain't been there before.
I started taking piano lessons when I was about four years old.
My parents were both musicians. So I took piano lessons. I didn't like the lessons very much, but I was enchanted by music. Music always transported me somewhere. Singing made feel good and being able to play the piano made me feel good.
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.
I never had any lessons. When I first started playing I used to read music. I was very interested in music. But when I started playing in groups I did a silly thing and dropped it. It's great if you can write things down.
Music is there for us to explore. To intentionally limit yourself to one, two, or three genres is limitation at its worst. Music is huge; its a gigantic history lesson, and if you are true music fan or a musician, you should explore it. Its all right there in front of us.
We have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't learn.
Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price - and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.
Forget the mistake. Remember the lesson.
An hour of violin lessons in Berlin is an hour where you get the child interested in music. An hour in a violin lesson in Palestine is an hour away from violence, is an hour away from fundamentalism.
Playing music has always felt very natural.
You know, you do try to do other things, and you do learn lessons that way, but, eventually - well... if your dad is a plumber, you become a plumber. It's the family business, and I felt like I was taking over the family business.
I got private lessons in keyboard at Julliard, before New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Analyze your mistakes. You've already paid the tuition, you might as well get the lesson.
Psychoanalyses is like music lessons, for 5 years you do not notice any progress and suddenly you can play the piano.
I took some lessons as a kid but trained myself by ear.
I did it the way jazz musicians used to learn years ago, which is to play records and slow them down to figure out the notes. At first I tried to imitate Red Garland, who was my favorite jazz pianist.
What a way to learn great theology! That's what comes to mind whenever I sing one of those old hymns. "And Can It Be" is like putting the doctrine of salvation to music. "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is a melodic lesson in grace. No wonder good hymns make for strong faith!
Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.
I was extremely fortunate to live around the corner from a recording studio and to be chosen to have a paper route to make enough money to pay for the music lessons. I was one of the chosen few to have a job and to walk through the curtain at Stax Records was just an amazing thing for me to do at age 14.
When I was 6 I thought that I wanted to be a musician - like a singer-songwriter. That's what I romantically envisioned for myself. But in reality the experience of getting into music was just the opposite. My parents signed me up for classical guitar lessons, which made for two years of the most depressing Wednesday evenings.
Once again, Kirk Franklin takes the church beyond the traditional, transitioning his life's experiences into life lessons. Clearly there is more to this man than great music. You will feel the beat of his heart and faith.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
I never took a music lesson in my life, it just came naturally.
Everybody in our family studied a musical instrument.
My father was really big on that. Somehow I only took a year or two of piano lessons and I convinced my father to let me take dancing lessons.
So, to prepare for the role, I had to take music lessons, talk to wives who had husbands overseas, and carefully study the reactions and mannerisms of a friend who was expecting.
Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you test first and the lesson afterward.
Dreams do come true, even for someone who couldn't speak English and never had a music lesson or much of an education.
I started in high school with a teacher there.
I also took lessons at the Conservatory of Music in Detroit. Detroit was very motivating. There were a lot of local people who inspired me like Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Roy Brooks, Donald Byrd, etc.
My mother took me to Venice one time and showed me all the houses where famous composers used to live. It gave me a fascination for music and the city, but also for architecture. It was a valuable lesson.
Everything becomes a lesson when youre open to learn.
In my spare time, I’ve been playing a lot of piano.
I’m trying to learn classical piano, Mozart and Beethoven and stuff. I took lessons when I was younger and now I sort of sight read the music and play it by ear. It’s fun. It takes up a lot of time. I practice a couple of hours a day, but I find it soothing.
I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I'm actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago - I put the time in!
It wasn't until after private lessons and learning bass lines that I even noticed bass in the music I was listening to at that age. My ears were blown wide open.
We met for a reason, either you're a blessing or a lesson.
My goal was to play drums, but my father made me take piano lessons.
He told me I needed to learn to read music first, so I took lessons for six years. I thank God that he made me take those lessons, because it taught me a tremendous amount.
I had wanted to play drums since the age of 9 when I saw a drum set in the window of a music store for the first time. We took lessons at a local music school and began playing together after about 6-9 months of lessons.
I loved Queen, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, and people like Barbara Streisand.
The thing with me is that classical music was also an inspiration. I took piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels for 10 years.
Everything becomes a lesson when you're open to learn.
My first love in music was jazz, but I like it all," "I reacted emotionally to Art Blakey and, of course, to Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery. I was all of 16 when I had my first guitar lesson with Joe. But I never focused on being a bebop player. I loved the harmony, rhythm and phrasing, but I wanted to apply them to my own concept and sound.
The most influential time in my life musically was definitely those piano lessons.
Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
It was a huge deal, a huge musical discovery that became life lessons learned.
You can't return from having an experience like that. The Blind Boys are truly the deepest well of American musical heritage you can discover.
We should talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Music, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions.