Lessons in Musical Creativity from Itzhak Perlman and Gaelynn Lea

A major difference between classical music and “creative” music is the ability of the artist to decide what to play and what not to play. I’m all for classical music, but I love the equalizing effect that being a creative artist allows.

Technical virtuosity isn’t a requisite for musical creativity.

The willingness to put yourself out there despite whatever your limitations is.

Gaelynn Lea demonstrates this beautifully in this video:

Itzhak Perlman presumably has some physical limitations now which he didn’t have in his prime. Plus, it may have been difficult to arrange for an accompanist during quarantine. By telling a story and playing a short unaccompanied excerpt, he created a beautiful moment for the audience.

We all have limitations. Some are technical, others have to do with knowledge and perspective, learning style, or familiarity with musical concepts & language.

Gaelynn and Itzhak both demonstrate creative ways to respond to limits. I hope you can take their examples as inspiration to reflect on your own  ability to make something of your own, regardless of whatever limitations you may have.

Want support to go forward in your own creative musical journey? Sign up for 7 weeks of online learning, coaching, and community via Creative Strings Workshop Online





Get better outcomes from your practice