It's just a lesson, but you’re not in the same room: Insights from an experienced online educator.
Friday, 8 May 2020
Greg Spence is a Yamaha Artist, and internationally renowned clinician and trumpet player, based in QLD, Australia. Greg’s expansive performance credentials and vast education experience has resulted in him being at the forefront of modern music education with his program Mystery To Mastery and Windworks. His masterclasses have taken him all around the world from the United States to Europe, and he has students from internationally recognised institutions such as the University of North Texas and the Academy of Music in Slovenia. He has played alongside Herbie Hancock, Shirley Bassey, John Farnham, Olivia Newton John and countless others all around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Absolutely – It's a must. More so now, because they're not at band rehearsals or surrounded by friends that might play or listen to music. Now, more than ever, is the time to listen to as much as possible, and what I just try and keep putting out these days is that we’ve got every resource online available now.
Right now I could search “Mahler 5 Opening” and watch 10 different people play it, or ”Cherokee”. Search any song, and you've got 1000 versions of it at your fingertips. You've got transcriptions of the solos, you've got the chord charts. All at your fingertips. It's right there. We've got the access to all that music. That's why there are some young, incredible musicians coming through at the top level. There are a lot of young kids that are embracing the technology that's there, really working hard, and the standard is just astronomical. It's amazing, because they've got access to it.
I'd be suggesting to anyone reading this to just pick your favourite song, your favourite artist, it doesn't even have to be the instrument that you play. In regard to a sound model, find the best sounding things you can on YouTube, or on CDs and try and emulate, but when you can, make sure that you are going out to hear the real thing.