Excerpt from Hubert Laws' Lesson: Learning From The Masters
Music is a language, and
like any other language, people speak with different accents. An accent
is not something you pick up from a book; itís an aural concept. When
you listen to someone improvise, the notes that are played are only
half of the story. An artistís phrasing, articulation, time and other
nuances have to be correct for a particular style, otherwise the
ďaccentĒ is all wrong. In order to get the ďfeelĒ and the rhythm of
jazz, I transcribed and memorized several solos. I remember one piece,
called ďLover Man,Ē that Lee Konitz recorded with Stan Kentonís band. I
learned that solo note for note on the saxophone. I did the same thing
with a couple of other tunes as well, with Paul Desmond playing alto.
You learn somebody elseís solo to get the feel of it. The feel has a lot to do with the way you articulate a line. People tell me that I articulate differently than other flute players. My concept of articulating came from playing the saxophone. When I started playing the flute, I used the same concept of articulating that I was using when I improvised on the alto. Iím not really conscious of what Iím doing with my tongue. If I think about it, I would say that Iím tonguing on the up beat and slurring to the down beat; but listening to some of my solos, it doesnít sound as if Iím doing that either. I guess the best way to find out is to take a solo of mine, like the one included in this lesson, and slow down the recording to half speed. Listen for how Iím actually articulating because Iíve never really analyzed it that meticulously. Itís difficult for me to discuss how I make things sound the way I do or how I approach things like articulation, time and feel. Iíve always had a good ear, and those things developed as I was studying other areas of musicianship. I feel that, just as some people are more or less endowed with physical attractiveness, so it is with a musical ear. The important thing for the student to realize is that no matter what you start with, by practicing diligently you can develop to your full potential; and thatís all that anyone can ask of themselves.
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