It’s not just the words you say that get a message across—it’s the way you say them. Similarly, in music there are many ways to “say” the same notes. Without following articulation markings, your playing could end up sounding like the equivalent of speaking in a monotone. Here’s an easy guide to help you become more “articulate” and bring more life into your playing by using accents, slurs, and staccatos.
Bill Curreri spent most of his career outside of the music industry. After 30 years in marketing and advertising, he released his debut album, Long Time Gone, at age 63. The self-taught guitarist grew up in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, where he played in garage bands as a teenager and through college. After college, […]