Siiigh—We’ve all done it: We’re in the middle of a solo, or a melodic line, and we hit a bad note/or sing a bad note/voice cracks etc UGH. So painful right?
“Oh well” we think, maybe no one heard it.
Sadly, some times this is the only thing you can do when you screw up. This is especially true if you are playing a famous melody that people are familiar with, and you hit a wrong note?
Well—you’re basically stuck with that mistake.
But even then, in the most “rigid” music situations there are ways a wrong note can be fixed, and even made into something great—and there a few easy tricks that you can do to make that bad choice into one that doesn’t sound so bad, and in some cases might even sound better than the one you were trying to hit. Lets look at a few easy ones:
1) “PLAY A CHROMATIC SCALE TIL YOU GET TO THE RIGHT NOTE”
On piano, this really works well. Its an easy fix, even in a famous song when you are playing in a major key—-If you listen to Mozart, you will hear that he made these ” Mistakes” part of his style. In fact , many of his most famous melodies have spots where he seems to have hit a wrong note—-and then Mozart moves it up one half step and you go “Ahhhh—that was nice.”
This method Mozart used is similar to the technique many country western and bluegrass players use—like Mozart,they outline major and minor chords and play the “Off notes” as a way to bounce rhythmically from one chord change to the next.
I am pretty sure Mozart’s use of this technique came from his experiences playing for people often at a young age.
Another musician who discovered this trick(but in a very different way/different style) was Charlie Parker. Continue Reading »