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Over the years I've blogged on many music topics, sometimes writing a series of themed, interlinked posts. Here you can access some of these topics directly.

The Oppositional Principle is a way of centering yourself when you play and sing. Choosing to remain still in space, you let music itself "do the moving."

  1. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 1: Louis Armstrong
  2. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 2: Coro de Iddanoa Monteleone
  3. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 3: Dizzie and the Bird
  4. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 4: Young & Old
  5. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 5: Ivry Gitlis, Devilish Violinist
  6. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 6: Samer Totah and Kenneth Snelson: Masters of Balance
  7. The Oppositional Principle in Music, Part 7: Masters & God(s)

Reality & Illusion is a study of a musician's relationship with the printed score--or, to put it differently, a study of the psychological impact of suppositions and judgments. 

  1. Reality & Illusion, Part 1: J. S. Bach at McDonalds
  2. Reality & Illusion, Part 2: Bach’s Invisible Cello
  3. Reality & Illusion, Part 3: A Cellist, a Pianist, and a Composer Enter a Bar
  4. Reality & Illusion, Part 4: Bach, Dead And Reborn
  5. Reality & Illusion, Part 5: In the Sandbox

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