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    Mixing Up Everything You Have Learned- A Little Knowledge Can Go A Long Way

    by Simon James.

    There is no denying that it takes time to really master a musical instrument, but you can be up and running and playing relatively quickly. When you have a few songs under your belt why not play around with them a little?

    What I mean by that is, try a few different things out with them. For example, if you have learned two songs in the same key, why not mix up the parts to each song? Take the beginning of one song and add it to the end of another, or maybe even, cut and paste four bars from here with another four bars from somewhere else.

    This is one way in which new music is made and written and there really is no limit to what you can do. When I have done enough practice and haven’t the energy to learn anything new I often mix and match all of the things I have learned, a process which often yields fascinating results. As well as boosting my list of repertoire to play with it helps my musical mind to think while I am playing and is a tremendous source of inspiration for improvising. Writers, such as David Bowie and William Burroughs often used this 'cut up' technique of mixing and matching to aid creativity.

    Give it a try and before you know it you’ll find that you are using music as if it were a language. Forming your own phrases, mixing up rhythms and styles and becoming part of the melting pot that is free musical expression! Go for it!


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