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Someone usually posts something so why not me?
Here s my little tribute to the master
it s also Grappelli s bday on the 26th!
Fascinating insights Dennis!!! Well done and much fun to listen to.
I'm holding a toast to Django as I write. Really nice video Dennis.
Excellent, Dennis. Looking forward to the videos on Django's playing re fingers/disability/otherbility
thx! i ll try to do it within the next two weeks
I just looked in the dictionary under the definition of polymath and there was a photo of Dennis.
I really appreciated you explaining your journey and the way you grew and developed. It is the result of a lot of hard work but also just a natural inquisitiveness (shown by your efforts to learn Japanese). You weren't content to just mimic...you are taking the information, internalizing it, assimilating it, and then creating from it your own lexicon. That is the highest level of knowledge.
Dennis, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but thanks for this!!!!!
Your reverence for the Master is inspirational, and your musical advice is insightful, as always.
And that new AT guitar of yours... wowser! Watch out, Mr. Holo, there's a new kid on the block!
Denis, Thank you for elucidating your really great philosophy for learners. It is both encouraging and sobering to
see music and language as parallels. Not an uncommon description, but an uncommon explanation. As someone who
learned a language later in life, and am now trying to learn this music a bit later still, it is a welcome perspective on the
process of learning and a reminder that the journey is it's own reward!!
Thanks! I think the improv and language analogy is a big one for me. However, there are different styles of improvisation out there, and i don’t claim to see the one I like is the best one. Different strokes for different folks! But I definitely wanted to highlight that in order to understand the language of music, I had to spend so many years listening carefully but also just playing stupid licks that weren’t creative... I just wasn’t a natural like some others are. Some people are already born with the inate ability to hear and absorb : Bireli Lagrene and Rocky Gresset come to mind. Having worked with them and really pick their brain, it’s really fascinating to see such natural talent... I m pretty sure Django and Mozart were that way too. Possibly Kanye West too!