Playing With Great Tone

I was once told, “what gets your attention will get your action.” In other words you will eventually get what you’re looking for.  The problem is, most students are looking to find all the right notes, and play in time, but not thinking about playing with good tone.  The result? Songs learned through hard work and repetition that really don’t sound that good.

Tone is basically musical color. This is how I explain it to students. Imagine you have a box of crayons and a picture to color. Won’t we all take a moment to think of which colors to pick to color our picture? It is the same with music.

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