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Re: Lesson Learned: Playing By Ear vs Sight Reading [Re: pianoloverus] #2750978
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Only a few great jazz musicians couldn't read music,

Good reasons to believe George Winston can't read music, and if he could, he would not have any interest in reading it. BTW, he has absolute pitch, and it seems many with absolute pitch are at least somewhat unorthodox since they sense pitch differently than the rest of us.


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Re: Lesson Learned: Playing By Ear vs Sight Reading [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2751003
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Only a few great jazz musicians couldn't read music,
Good reasons to believe George Winston can't read music, and if he could, he would not have any interest in reading it.
Why would he have no interest?

Re: Lesson Learned: Playing By Ear vs Sight Reading [Re: pianoloverus] #2751008
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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Only a few great jazz musicians couldn't read music,
Good reasons to believe George Winston can't read music, and if he could, he would not have any interest in reading it.
Why would he have no interest?

He has implied that the music he produces is almost improvisational and varies each time. This can be confirmed be comparing, for example, his published recording of certain of his pieces with his live concert recordings (on youtube). There are many variations in the same pieces -- new measures of music, changes in some of the glissades, etc. He does not prepare scores for his music and in interviews he gives a reason for that -- he has said that if you want to hear his music, come to his concerts or buy his recordings as only he can produce his music the way he intends. (I assume there is some sort of metaphysical implication there, and that he doesn't mean this literally, but who knows?)


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Re: Lesson Learned: Playing By Ear vs Sight Reading [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2751028
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Only a few great jazz musicians couldn't read music,
Good reasons to believe George Winston can't read music, and if he could, he would not have any interest in reading it.
Why would he have no interest?
He has implied that the music he produces is almost improvisational and varies each time.
But that could be said for virtually every jazz pianist to varying degrees.

I don't have statistics but my guess is an extremely high percent of good jazz pianists can read music and see an advantage in being able to do so. For good classical musicians, the percent would be 99.9+. Obviously, for jazz musicians playing by ear is also a requirement.

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