Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Orchestration Lesson

The student's piece was called JACKHAMMER.  For solo electric guitar. It was, in a word, loud. After studying the score, listening to the piece once (with ear protection), and then studying the score a second time, Gordon Mumma made a suggestion:  "Why not write a piece for solo jackhammer and title it ELECTRIC GUITAR?"

The lesson I gathered from Prof. Mumma: take a tired idea, turn it over, and see if it still has some more life in it.

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