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Lynn Training detracts from 'soul' of music? (57* d) RE: Training detracts from 'soul' of music? 02 May 02

Training gives you options. How you use them is what makes it 'soulful' or not. I wouldn't trade my expertise in music theory for anything. It's served me extraordinarily well. Does it get in the way? Well, sometimes. Especially if I'm trying to figure out just exactly what chord it is that I'm playing in an odd open tuning. My classical training is on piano. When doing vocal harmonies, I can visualize them more easily as notes on the piano keyboard. I can manipulate them easier that way. In practice and performance, that may change. And that's ok. Going with the flow is part of the 'soul' of music. For some folks, it's all 'going with the flow.' Working that way only takes me so far. Then I go back to the training.

Singing is another matter, in a way. I know what I need to do to avoid damaging the cords - breathing, support, using some of the natural resonance - but I don't try to sing like a bel canto baritone when I do folk stuff. It's totally out of character with the music. But I can project in situations when I'm singing acoustically (no amplification), and do it without straining too much. That's where the training kicks in.

Much of what we're talking about here is the difference between technique and musicality. What's 'musical' for one style can be counterproductive (and perhaps counterintuitive) in another. Technique (training) is just a means of getting there.

Amos and Jerry make some very good and valid points, too.


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