"when the time is right" is the answer to a question I've been asking myself for many years. I've always wanted to understand certain things about music a little better, and have often asked myself when that might happen. I've always been a believer of not forcing things and letting them come to me when I'm inspired to learn, and not pressuring myself into working on things I'm not ready to work on. So "when the time is right" is definitely the answer to a couple of specific things I've always wanted to transcribe and never seemed to have the time to, or had enough motivation to do so.
So with the launch of the new transcription course at videobasslessons.tv I've been super focussed on a certain Michael Brecker solo that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. It contained a few of my favorite lines of his that I had never transcribed before, and suddenly had this overwhelming desire to do so. Out of nowhere the time was just right. I was so glad that it happened when it did as it gave so much honesty to the course I decided to put together from that inspiration to transcribe this material, and it taught me so much about myself, and about how important it is to wait for the right time for things to strike you.
There's nothing worse than someone like me dictating to you that you "MUST" do this and "MUST" transcribe that. It really comes down to the individual at the end of the day, and putting this course together really highlighted how far down the road you can get before something really simple tells you "okay, the time is right. transcribe and understand me now!".
Not only have I been playing music for almost 20 years, but I've also been listening to these very specific melodies and improvisational ideas by Michael Brecker for almost that entire time. Yet it took this long before I was ready to work on that material and better understand what was happening in the music.
If you want to check out the solo I'm referencing you can CHECK IT OUT HERE in my last blog post, and if you're on my mailing list you can check your email and find four free video lessons that deal with my transcription concept from start to finish.
I always liken music and the process in which we learn to play music to language. It really shouldn't come as much of a shock to me that it took me this long for the time to be right to learn this new melodic material from Mike Brecker, as we're always learning about life and language as long as we're breathing. We come to new realizations at various points in our life and learn new things when we're both young and old. Music, it seems, is no different.
Ironically I'm probably not about to recite any of these Michael Brecker lines on a regular basis in my own music, and I'm not sure how much of this melodic material will end up as a natural extension of my playing over time. But the joy and added depth to my understanding of music that comes from looking through someone else's thought process for a while is immense. I wouldn't have it any other way. There's a wealth of music out there so rich that we can never stop learning. And that's what I intend to spend the rest of my life doing. When the time is right, I'll work on whatever it is that inspires me to know that statement is true.
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