Hi everyone. Some of you have been contacting me asking why classical music is even necessary. Since my musical background began with playing this genre, I thought it appropriate to discuss why playing this centuries-old genre is important. So, here goes…
Musicians must stay focused when playing classical music. With all the factors involved in successfully playing this genre, it is far too easy to miss things. To say classical composers are focused, is an understatement.
Improves Counting Skills
As frustrating as it may be, classical composers are forever and a day challenging musician’s counting abilities. Musicians must keep track of extensive measures of rest, how many beats are in a measure, and start all over if need be.
If you don’t believe me, next orchestral performance you attend – look at how discreetly some of the musicians will be counting on their fingers. That’s why their expressions are so blank. They are concentrating and counting.
Teaches Honing Abilities
Many classical composers “stole” from each other. Only this was done in a non-threatening, sharing manner. Throughout pieces, listeners will catch a “clip” that sounds familiar. It increases listener’s attention while also stirring “where do I know that from” thoughts. Fun and challenging…
Improves Listening Skills
Classical music develops, and improves, listening skills. Different instruments come into play, either individually or collaborately. Listeners will start to recognize how a violin differs from a viola, cello from a bass, and flute from a piccolo.
Enhances Musical Appreciation
Once a musician plays a classical music composition, thoughts of “how”, “why”, and “what about” come into play. Suddenly, different parts of music start to make sense. It’s a very interesting area – in my opinion.
Improves Technical Ability
This goes without saying. Classical compositions are known for fast trills, sixteenth notes, and other similar notations that keep a musician’s fingers and embouchure moving.
Puts To Life Practice Sessions
So many times when learning to play an instrument, practice sessions seem mind-bogging, frustrating, and boring. Thoughts of “why bother?” come to mind. Playing scales was the foundation for learning to play my flute. Why? These delights are found throughout all musical compositions.
Practicing scales pays off in so many ways.
Well, that’s about it for now. Hope this has been an insightful piece for you from someone who is a classically-trained musician.
Find interesting? Kindly share…(especially to those youngsters learning to play a new instrument and succumbed to all its intricacies).