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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

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Monday YouTube Fix: Medeski, Martin & Wood

Andrew Hitz

No brass this week but instead one of my favorite bands in the world.  I have seen MMW in concert around 75 times and always walk away inspired and motivated to make music.  All three of them play with an incredible amount of style.   The keyboard player, John Medeski, is one of my favorite musicians in the world.  This is a great clip of him in particular.  I have always likened him to a mad scientist.  I have had a lot of luck transferring the intensity with which he plays music like this to my own playing, even things like orchestral excerpts.

As Rex Martin taught me you can play any note or any phrase with one of two punctuation marks: a question mark or an exclamation point.  All three members of MMW scream exclamation points.