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Musicality 1: life experience.

A french comedian joked that it takes 5 minutes to make a bad actor and 5 years to make a bad musician. And it is not far from the truth, if you look at Music from the angle of technique. But, if one wants to understand how Billie Holiday became successful, one has to look at
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How deep can you go?

I am fascinated by humanity. As a musician, I think it’s the first and last building block to make great music. For example it is common knowledge that pain is helps to reveal artists. Stevie Ray Vaughn started to drink heavily before he was 10 years old. Jim Morrison had a
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No, that is not a payment!

When I first started in Chicago as a drummer, I wanted to explore the blues scene. It was a fascinating thing, really. The Chicago Blues was so popular I had heard of it in my little city of France. So, fresh out of Berklee College of Music, I started doing some jam sessions. For
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Children learning

People are disgusted with learning an instrument. It happens all too often in this form: an adult comes into my studio and tells me that they were forced to play the piano when they were kids. They hated it. The teacher was tough, the parents didn’t negotiate, the practice
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Messing around: the secret ingredient

If you are reading this blog, I am assuming it is because you are studying either piano or drums. Or, at least, you are interested in those concepts. And so, most of the time, the study involves some technique, of course, and some more technique, of course, and some songs to play
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Dynamics are the emotion of music

Dynamics in music seems to be a concept getting lost in modern music. By modern music, I mean what is played on the radio. We turn the thing on and the sounds come out at full blast. The singer is full blast, the drums are full blast, the bass are full blast, even the commercials
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Filling up a void in life with music.

If you are in trouble. If you are getting lost. If your evenings seem boring and empty. If you find less and less reasons to get out of bed in the morning. If you numb yourself with different medications: alcohol, TV, drugs, internet rants, procrastination, social medias. If you
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What kind of career can an education in music lead to?

Ah! This is a good question. This is where the common man gets clueless, because, he thinks, if one studies an instrument, it is either to become a player or a teacher of that instrument and there are not necessarily any other avenues. Well, it remains to be seen. So, although I
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So young

The challenge with very young pupil is to teach them anything. Or so the saying goes. But, I found out that, actually, they are quite receptive to knowledge. Young mind want to know, they want to grow, they want to learn. But, you have to find the key to unlock their brain. That
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