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Chris Garrick

Friday, 11 October 2013

The jazz violinist, composer and teacher shares some words of wisdom

Learning is so fast when you have passion, so slow when you don’t have the will

Music is to be shared, not owned

Whether I’m playing in the Barbican Hall or a tiny village hall, the feeling’s the same as far as the audience is concerned: listeners are the most vital component in the performance and their engagement is paramount

Maintaining variation in the work you do and mixing with different artists are both key to remaining fired-up and contented in a musical career

It’s always easier to work with friends rather than with strangers, but strangers can quickly become good friends

Learning is so fast when you have passion, so slow when you don’t have the will

Bach set the benchmark for violinists in all styles of music, and I still turn to the Sonatas and Partitas for practice and inspiration. Being an improviser himself, Bach could easily have kept up with us modern-day jazz improvisers

First published in The Strad, September 2013. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.

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