Ep11. What are the worst mistakes a jazz musician can make?
NOTE: Mistakes are ranked from 1 to 10 with ten being the worst mistake.
- not playing music at all but only making noisy sounds. (10)
- not knowing where you are in a song. John Coltrane said Monk's music could do this too him. It could feel like falling down an elevator shaft. (7)
- not knowing where the beat starts on the one. (8)
- playing the wrong chord changes. (9)
- being incompetent on that musical instrument. (10)
- poor listening to yourself and other musicians you are performing with. (9)
- out of tune. (7)
- out of rhythm. (8)
Less bad mistakes
- making one bad note! such as hitting one wrong key on a piano, in an otherwise flawless performance. (1)
- playing something odd, but saving it by playing it twice or using it in a creative way during the performance. Herbie Hancock, in his book Possibilities, opens the book by telling a story about where he played a horrible note just before Miles Davis had to solo. Miles gave him a funny look, but then produced an interesting solo based off of this unusual entrance note delivered by Herbie. Miles did not see it as a mistake by Herbie, but instead as an opportunity and challenge to produce a successful musical product from this awkward and difficult situation. (2)