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Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness

In This Episode with Matt Glaser:

  •  The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation and how we arrived here
  • How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world
  • “Inevitably, the classical world has had to come to grips (with) this tsunami of young players playing fiddle tunes.”

 Micro-improvisation” and using skeletal melodies to develop comfort with improvisation…

  •  The “present moment” in performance.
  • Performance psychology.
  • “I don’t care whether something is good or bad; music is inherently good.”
  •   The gift of mindfulness in music

Listen to the Episode below:

Wayfaring Strangers Jazz Blugrass Fiddle Band

Clips in this episode

All Clips are from Matt’s album with the Wayfaring Strangers entitled “This Train” unless otherwise noted.

Columbus Stockade Blues

Lord Search My Heart

Who’ll Sing For Me

This Train

Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky

Don’t Put Off Til Tomorrow

There is No Greater Love – with Matt Munisteri and Joe “Sonny” Barbato

When You Go Walking After Midnight

When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall

This Train (Live Bonus Track)

Cluck Old Hen

Get Acquainted With Yourself – With Matt Munisteri, Berklee Roots @ the Red Room

Matt Glaser has a book entitled: Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes

  • “Develop jazz solos using melodic fragments from traditional fiddle tunes. These etudes show how melodic cells can be used to create extended improvisations.
  • … fragments of.. traditional fiddle tune(s) … are developed over jazz standard chord progressions.”

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