Lately, I’ve heard a couple of people say regarding politics and the news that we live in a post-fact world where feelings are what matters. As a musician, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, reading about, and generally paying attention to emotion. I study this condition we are all suffering from called “Being Human.” I have to in order to do my job, to be expressive, to connect with others, and to accurately convey my own experiences in relatable ways.
So here are the two things you need to know about your feelings:
- Your feelings are important.
- Your feelings are irrelevant.
Welcome to the paradox, Alice. Let’s head down the rabbit hole.
Since I never had formal jazz training, I’m always looking for missing skill sets that I would have gotten from a teacher. A few weeks ago, I came across an instructional video for Art Tatum style pentatonic runs. While I was familiar with the sound, it wasn’t something I’d ever really practiced. After I learned the basic run, I put together a little left hand to go with it, and have since been playing through it in all the keys. I took a moment to write it out because I’ve got a few students who are almost ready for an exercise like this. The PDF is below, and I’ll record a video of it once I get past the craziness of being a musician during Holy Week.
Great Run Tatum
For those that are curious, here’s the original video I watched: