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  • Want live streaming and video hosting, your way? Streamhoster is hands-down the best-of-breed livestream hosting service available in 2020! +

    The live streaming service STREAMHOSTER was suggested to me by Webmaster Extraordinaire Patrick Doyle, The Nashville Webmaster as the best option for my new regular Sunday evening live stream events. After launching this new concert series from my website, I was blown away by the quality, professionalism, and technical support offered by this top-flight service. As you can see by the archived videos playlist on this website's LiveStream page the results have been spectacular. Michael Barsoumian, the President of Streamhoster, went above and beyond the call of duty in helping me with my unique configuration that required a hardware encoder and mobile hotspot to provide the broadcast. By tweaking the specs and testing them over and over, he found the balance between a reliable stream with my limited internet bandwidth and the best audio and video quality possible. I could not be happier with the live stream and extremely grateful Read More
  • My Personal (Poetic) Birthday Tribute to Music Master Paragon George Russell +

    If George Russell were gracing us today here on Earth with his presence on June 23, 2020, we would be joining in celebration of his 97th birthday. In his honor, this blog post pays reverence to a true human being, a vertical man, an innovator, composer, band-leader, music educator and theoritician who devoted his life's work to sharing the deepest insights into what the music itself is telling us about its own self-organization and unity, entitled "George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of tonal gravity." First, a preface with two quotes: “Though his pieces were direct offshoots of his Lydian theories, there is nothing the slightest bit doctrinaire about them…It is a mystery why Russell’s work has not become a standard part of the jazz canon, or why his works have not been rediscovered by the Jazz repertory movement.” - written by National Jazz Museum Read More
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    No matter which musical instrument you teach to your online music lesson students, most teachers giving online music lessons agree it can be a real challenge to find interesting and innovative ways to enhance your curriculum with the all-important subject of rhythmic training. Both you and your online music students will love meeting the challenge with the help of Groove Scribe! Rhythmic training has always been at the forefront of what I share with my music students because the synergy of listening and timing are at the core of musicality and music making. I played drums and orchestral percussion while growing up, from Elementary school, Middle School, High School and pre-Conservatory College. That intense level of rhythmic training gave me very deep insight into understanding and teaching rhythm to my students.   With my live, interactive, personalized one-on-one private music lessons that I provide around the world online using video Read More
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Blog Series - "Wisdom and Intuitive Intelligence" - PART ONE: review of New York Times front page opinion article entitled "Art Never Dies" by Jazz Master Saxophone Legend Sonny Rollins

This is Part One of my new Blog post columns on the significance and meaningful connections between learning, understanding and engaging in music through "wisdom and intuitive intelligence. " This beautifully written article exemplifies the sage advice of Jazz legendary saxophone master Sonny Rollins, who at age 89 wrote an essay published by the New York Times in their "Why Does Art Matter?" series

To begin, please click the link below this photo to read the article in its entirety. It is heart-felt, authentic, inspiring, and profound. All my students loved reading it.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

And for those online music teachers and/or online music lesson students who are not familiar with the life's work in music of Sonny Rollins, check out his biography here on his official website:

https://sonnyrollins.com/biography/

And you can hear him play a solo  on this YouTube video:

https://youtu.be/0e8w8O5aM_Y

Here’s what he has to say about what it means to play Jazz and be a Jazz musician:

https://youtu.be/QKQcagDsa20

And a 10 minutes video on Sonny Rollins meeting Miles Davis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WfRlyUKv8Y

 

My mentor, the late, great George Russell - creator of the world renowned pan-stylistic theory to come from Jazz entitled "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, the art and science of Tonal Gravity" wrote in the fourth and final edition that "intuitive intelligence" was unconditionally paramount to create meaningful artistic statements in music. That term "intuitive intelligence" refers to that which comes from an artist’s “essence” - it is wisdom versus knowledge, the brilliance of the heart and not only the head, the inner vision along with the vision that comes from being influenced by others, and a connection to what most people describe as a higher level of consciousness than ordinary day-in-day-out life. This intention and mindset results in a powerful synergy of what Geoge Russell explains as "intellectual brilliance, intuitive perception, emotional fire and spiritual depth." It is the source of not only inspiration, but innovation.

 

This article by Sonny Rollins articulates a potent and real perspective on what George Russell is talking about in regards to intuitive intelligence. It is the underlying “one thing necessary” to direct the journey us musicians take towards mastery of this ancient language called music in the right direction. That path leads to being a much better listener and one who is in touch with inner forces that wake up through wisdom.

 

The reason I will be posting many new Blog articles on this subject is that wisdom and intuitive intelligence is fundamental to the deeper hidden meanings of what music making is all about.

 

One of the many reasons to choose to study online with a private music teacher for live interactive real-time online music lessons is that a one-on-one relationship between two people - and not simply watching a pre-recorded video or YouTube DIY instruction - provides insights, explanations, connections and direct transmission between teacher and student. This fosters the planting of seeds that mentors of the past set in motion for beauty and truth to move forward. This is what I aim to do for my students as I pass along the wisdom and intuitive intelligence I was given by mentors George Russell and Dwike Mitchell, among many others.

 

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https://andywasserman.com/videos

https://andywasserman.com/recordings

https://andywasserman.com/arts-in-ed/holistic-music-healing

https://andywasserman.com/music-theory/george-russell-s-lydian-chromatic-concept

https://andywasserman.com/private-lessons

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