Category Archives: Concepts

Pump Up The Volume

Dynamics ( leading on from Spot The Difference )

“That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.” John A. Locke (1632-1704)

“Are you going to come quietly, or do I have to use earplugs?” Spike Milligan (1918 – 2002)

Why do we change volume in a piece? Simply to avoid boredom? Because it’s marked on the music? Or do these choices help us to convey meaning? Continue reading Pump Up The Volume

Only An Expression

In this season of reporting, the word technique features extensively and there are two points worth considering:

  1. what do we mean by technique?
  2. technique is the servant of expression

At some point in everyone’s life it is pointed out to them that educere has more to do with bringing things out in people than putting them in. The same is true of technique. This does not mean that I think everyone is a born guitarist but rather that the movements required are very natural. I would contend that Continue reading Only An Expression

No Bell Prize

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826); 3rd president of US.

The structure of the school day is about to change in Knox and North Berwick High. What will this mean for instrumental pupils? The new six-period day, each lasting one hour will, for us, be the 12-lesson day, each lasting 30 minutes. Pupils will have to keep one eye on their watch (no change there, then) Continue reading No Bell Prize