Ear Training and Sight Singing – A Gamble
So if I want to be a saxophone player, why spend so much time on ear training and sight singing?
It’s a matter of what kind of player I want to be, and about what I believe about improvisation and musical expression.
Do I want to be a regurgitator of licks? A player who, above all, doesn’t play any wrong notes? A player who always needs to spend a lot of time on a tune to sound good with it? A player who doesn’t know what her next note is going to sound like? Who can’t play her ideas? Who doesn’t understand her repertoire the way she would like to?
I reckon not. My personality is intuitive (in the Meyers-Briggs sense), and I am addicted to the flow that comes from putting well-oiled skills to use in a certain way.
Don’t confuse intuitive with instinctive. Instinctive behavior relies on the hard-coded programming that your brain develops just because you are a member of the species. Intuitive is like instinctive, except you have to supervise the programming yourself.
It’s a gamble. Developing the skills I want to have might take more time than I have left on the planet. But I have a feeling it won’t.