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Are You Actively Listening to Music?

Quarantune 2.0 has been another smashing success. I am grateful for the volunteers that organized it and the almost 50 instructors that taught us how to be better musicians. Total count of students that participated was 1847. Wow! On that note, there were 4 concerts to attend from the instructors. I paid close attention to their mannerisms, stories, and the nuances in their playing. How should we actively listen to music? Good question. Do you play only for background music or participate in attentive listening? It seems the more I learn and play the better active listener I am. 1. I want to hear the dissonance, resolution, the tension, the mood and so on. 2. If live, watch the performer,

Notes From Gary

First let me say something about our upcoming event at the Beaumont hotel in Beaumont Kansas. It is on September the 12th starting at 10:00 a.m. and running to noon. There are still camping spaces available to reserve. I would suggest that you do so right away. The camping spaces are a bit pricey, but it is just for one night unless a person plans to stay longer. The RV park offers full hookups with 30/50 amp electrical, sewer, and water. Tent camping space is available. In any event one will need to check out their Web page and call them to make personal arrangements. Here is the link to their Web page: http://beaumonthotelks.com/ Also keep in mind that although the hotel serves excellent

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