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Thread #37823   Message #529925
Posted By: JohnInKansas
17-Aug-01 - 01:36 AM
Thread Name: Tunes rule OK? Or chords?
Subject: RE: Tunes rule OK? Or chords?
I'm pretty sure it was Tchaikovsky - although it may have been one of those other old guys - who was fond of saying:

"You can't play with feeling if you don't know the words."

I think, considering the kind of music played by those old 'uns, that he was referring to playing the melody with feeling.

With some experience in playing in a dance band, when people actually danced together instead of this "solo thrash and jerk" stuff that seems popular now, I would venture that good dance music has to "sound like" it's at a constant beat, but if you don't play it with tempo variations that fit the music, people fall down.