Pianist Lynne Arriale on "Efficient Practice"

Dec 10, 2013

For Colorado Gives Day, KUVO celebrates music education and young musicians. To that end, we sought out a real jazz professor, acclaimed pianist Lynne Arriale. In an April 2011 column in Jazz Ed Magazine titled "Efficient practice," she calls a good practice "the highest priority" and "the foundation for musical growth and creativity." But she finds she has to unteach some bad habits before she can train her students in the good habits.   

Arriale writes that "stopping and starting" can create an incorrect pattern in the brain, and of course, you can't perform that way either. And critical to learning jazz is the ability to interact with other musicians. That requires an entirely "open" approach to music that forces the musician to make "space the main focus and the notes are played secondary."


In this interview, she discusses tapping the rhythm and singing the exercise, even before playing the notes.


Arriale, who is also a composer and arranger, is assistant professor of Jazz Piano and director of small ensembles at the University of North Florida.

 Read more of Arriale's guidelines for "efficient practice" in the online version of JazzEd Magazine

(Music on this feature is Lynne Arriale's: "A Night in Tunisia" from the CD Nuance, and Blondie's "Call Me," from the CD Convergence.)