Stephen Watkins’s eight comments

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    To be honest the aide Memoire bit is the way that I use ALL notation. It is obviously just a matter of knowing the traditi9n of whatever you are play8ng to be true to the spirit of it. Style in Baroque music was a very well defined concept not just a sort... more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    Thanks for reply Reverend. To be honest memory is always a problem for me. There are so many different aspects to music making that those who have not done it to any level cannot always see. I can read anything that anyone writes, sight sing it, transpose... more…

  • Re: Question re attitudes towards accompaniment

    I am a little puzzled reading this. As a total newbieI had assumed that the chords would be as sacrosanct as the melodies. Obviously every accompaniment player MUST play more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    I think maybe what I didn’t make absolutely clear is that although I am a recorde player, among other instruments, I am primarily a composer. more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    Well I am really intrigued now. more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    Thanks for everyone’s thoughts on this matter. more…

  • Learning from notation.

    Being very new to Irish music I have read a lot about learning tunes and about how received wisdom is not to do so from notation. I am definitely not new to music though. I am a pro recorder player and have played cello and trombone in orchestras and cond... more…

  • Re: Jealousy and Envy: Utilizing and taking advantage of negative emotions.

    I have never looked at it that way. I am responsible for my own technique. If I want to get better I do more and better focussed practice. That will make me better and and whether anyone is better or not is irrelevant to my improvement. Dependence on thes... more…