Monday, December 13, 2021

Very occasional quote of the day: the hands are like monsters

From the late Barry Harris: 

“Are the hands doing something they're used to doing, or is the mind leading the hands? Because the hands are like monsters— and they have a separate entity— and they like certain grooves. And if you aren't careful with the hands, they'll just play those grooves that they like.

If I just think of rhythmic things— don't think of notes to go with the rhythm, just think of the rhythm— then I think I come closest to being original, if I think of the rhythm first.”

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