Alex Hahn Masterclass
Alex gave a really good class. He asked us to take notes. Here they are.
Steps to a music career. (most of these apply to any pursuit)
- Time Management
- Listen to a diverse selection of music.
- Stay positive – breathing exercises and meditation help
- Stay focused – stay driven always playing, playing, playing – work on one thing when you practice
- Make yourself marketable – Again diversity, play multiple instruments, learn to compose, arrange, teach – how can I make money? – as a student audition for workshops, music programs, Disney
- Play with as many different people as possible.
- Follow up – get back – stay in touch – persistence works
- Be prepared – you have to do good to be hired back
- Save 5% or 10% of every gig.
- Set goals – break goals into steps – is this goal possible – how can I track progress?
Alex asked us all to write down some goals.
My goals Composition recital Play more gigs
Alex's goals Be patient Practice ½ hour every day Get nominated for a Grammy
Brian Blade and The Fellowship Kamasi Washington Brad Mehldau esp. Highway Rider
saxophones Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderly, Kenny Garrett, Sonny Rollins
trumpet Ambrose Akinmusire
I don't remember all of his recommendations. Maybe he'll get back with me and fill in the blanks. (he did)
I asked if Ambrose Akinmusire inspired him to write for strings. He said not really and named a couple of jazz string arrangers that inspired him. I'll try to get those names too.
He got back with me.
Kamasi Washington – The Epic / Truth / Heaven & Earth Snarky Puppy with the Metropole Orchestra
Alex also played a couple of pieces solo. He was engaging and entertaining and obviously has a thing for teaching.