Monday, February 21, 2011

The Hidden Universe Of Music

To play by ear on the piano to a blind man is the only way to play.  George Shearing died last week.  Born blind, he rose to became a force in jazz.  NPR radio did a tribute to him with Terry Gross conducting the interview.  The whole interview is 15 minutes during which time

Mr. Shearing gives a 1 ½ minute master class
on one of the most important,
hidden concepts
in music. 

Open the Terry Gross interview below and drag the timeline to the time stamps shown below.

11:00 - 12:40        An observation on the lyrics of Send in the Clowns.

You probably don’t know that you’re looking for this information but this  is DEEP and reaches further than you can imagine.  It is my duty to point out key concepts like this when I see them.  They’re rare to find and very specific to what you need to know. 

14:15 - 15:08        Talks about the Lullaby of Birdland lyric.

The hidden universe is continued, with another related insight into the vastness of musical space and time. 

All musicians should pay very close attention to this concept.  You might glaze over it and think “What’s the big deal?”  The simplicity of this concept is a door that opens into a dimension of music theory beyond theory.  It gives you a glimpse of a hidden universe that only the most enlightened musicians can see. 

If you can’t see it yet, it’s not because it’s not there.


Joseph Pingel is a pianist, teacher and musicologist.  Click here to get the free companion book to this blog.  See his other sites at and 

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