Joe N says: >> Let me clarify: prove your implied point that I am wrong. I didn't use the terms technique and expression, I was talking about notes and rhythm, repeatedly. How disconnected can you be?
R Hansen: >I was using expression to include things like Beethoven level rhythm.
The only way one gets to that point is by paying attention to rhythm all along. In my experience I've seen that some music teachers, not all, over emphasize correct notes and under emphasize rhythm, at whatever level the student is at.
How common is the high school band that can't swing because too many players can't play past any little mistakes in fingering and stay in time? Or, just play in time period? And yet 5 year old girls skip rope and sing and put the musicality of such a group to shame. How did these kinds players get their natural sense of rhythm so ignored and positively atrophied in their training?
We've had various testimonial from people who say things like "I thought I was doing OK in math and then I realized that I didn't really understand XYZ..." That's the kind of thing that comes from training that is lacking in wholeness.
R Hansen: >I don't know how to *casually* entertain a thought. My awareness is just too high.
The outward appearance is of one lost in a world of his own making, in which messages from the outside become wildly distorted.