Re: 11 years old low ender
- From: derek@xxxxxxxxx (Derek Tearne)
- Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 06:47:32 +1300
*e#c <slammer294@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 5, 3:06 pm, de...@xxxxxxxxx (Derek Tearne) wrote:
*e#c <slammer...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Dec 2, 5:50 pm, "fourstring" <fourstr...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Got a Fodera too.
But does he have friends?
Does he care?
So he can " pop and snap"....~yawn.......
Did you watch to the end of the clip?
He does a lot more than slap and pop, he pretty much has all those jazz
chops, and timing, down. Which is pretty incredible at 11.
And someone no doubt taught him everything he knows.....everything. It
seems hes a robot, playing what his teacher taught him.Just my
observation. How utterly boring to be playing Jazz at 11.
Oh, good grief. The kid is 11.
There are several possibilities here. His parents are jazz freaks, and
he's been listening to Jazz all his life, and they've paid for lessons,
or their jazz musician friends have given him lessons.
His parents know nothing about music, but are caring an indulgent
parents, their child heard some Jazz bass, and it spoke to him in the
way things do when you're 8, and they bought him a bass and paid for
lessons from this scary jazz dude, and amazingly it took.
His parents are country and western musicians, they are both looking at
him and thinking "cuckoo in the nest" but they support him and let him
follow that line.
So many possibilities.
I'd love to know his story.
Pushy parents, supportive but confused parents... who knows?
Either way, at 11 the guy is a monster jazz player, playing a grown up
gig in the neighbourhood park, with grown ups.
For sure, he has all the same jazz chops as any of the guys who've come
through the berkeley jazz machine. But he's 11. And I'd argue strongly
that he isn't a robot.
In seven years he'll be 18, rebelling against everything his parents
stand for, and he'll *still* have these awesome musical skills.
At 50 I see other adults who have been through jazz schools and have all
those jazz chops, and I kind of agree, it's sad to be playing that
formula jazz, tricky sounding as it is.
At 11, though, that's absolutely unutterably awesome.
At 11 I was playing cavalry trumpet in the scout band, and chopsticks on
piano. I hadn't even heard music like that, let alone thought about
Back in the day we were taught classical instruments at school, and
played tunes that were written more than fifty years before.
Now kids have school rock bands, and play classic rock from the fifties.
Jazz is mainstream, and kids are taught it in school. But they are
kids. They will grow up and do what they do, starting with these
awesome jazz chops that were thought up 40+ years earlier.
Just like kids did 40 years ago.
That kid is already a better musician than I am. Although I would like
to believe he isn't better than I would have been had I had the awesome
support system he clearly has.
Yes, he's been taught what to play. The alternative is to hand a 9 year
old (there's got to be a minimum of two years tuition there) an
instrument and say "Here, do what you want, find your own way".
Honestly, how well do you think that would turn out?
Derek Tearne - derek@xxxxxxxxx
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