New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp Part 2
The place is full of happy and not so happy amateur jazz musicians. There were 26 performing groups at the big finale. A joyous noise.
Nearly everyone knocked themselves and apologized for the tiny imperfections in their performances. Too bad, 90%+ was the average when it came to playing the right notes, staying in place and blowing a solo. Just being there and participating is a triumph too. I loved it.
If I have been asked to give feedback to the group this is what I would have said.
"Master the basics of your instrument"
Given that the majority of you are wealthy retirees, you have time. So this address is for you.
Love you all, it was a real honour to play with you all this past week.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted student and teacher of the drums.