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A Quote from Jazzman Thelonious Monk

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Barbeque Bob M
Nov 03, 2009 7:44 PM GMT

Here's a little something I got from being on customizer Richard Sleigh's e-mailing list tha was a quote from jazzman Thelonious Monk that clearly applies to all musicians, most DEFINITELY including harmonica players and it is both worthwhile reading and a good education towards being a better musician and not just the usual jam hack:

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Dear Barbeque,

Here is a juicy quote from Theolonius Monk. (If you don't know who he is, find out &
listen to him):

Thelonious Monk's Advice 1960

Just because you're not a drummer, doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time.
Pat your foot and sing the melody in your head when you play.

Stop playing all those bullpoop notes.
Make the drummer sound good.

You've got to dig it, to dig it, you dig?

Don't play the piano part, I'm playing that.
Don't listen to me, I'm supposed to accompanying you.

Don't play everything, let some things go by.
Some music is just imagined.

What you don't play can be more important than what you do play.

A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination.

Stay in shape! (When the gig comes, you have to make it.)

When you're swinging, swing some more.

What should we wear tonight? Be as sharp as possible.

Always leave them wanting more.
These tunes were written so as to have something to play, and to get cats interested
enough to come to rehearsal.

Whatever you think can't be done, somebody will come along and do it.

A genius is the one most like himself.

They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and
spoil it!

The only thing I added to this long quote was some space between his lines. I may
riff on some of these ideas in later posts, but today I am keeping my mouth shut.
Sometimes the best thing I have to say is nothing!

Have a terrific day!
R. Sleigh

205 E. Pine Street
Philipsburg, PA
16866
US

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If this doesn't tell you that, musically, groove and feel are more important than anything else, and also, avoid looking like a plumber who just did your sceptic tank on the bandstand, you're definitely not paying attention. This is all 100% sound advice!!!


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Nov 03, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

Thanks Bob, great words of wisdom!! I saved to a folder I keep, with just that kind of advice and knowlegde in.


Nov 03, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
eric b Replied:

"Melodious Thunk"



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