Music has been described as the universal language. It can communicate any mood or emotion and to the serious practitioner, is a life-long study. Jazz in particular gives an unparalleled freedom of expression, that goes beyond theory and rules. The art of improvisation in any style gives the player the ability to stretch their technique, ideas, and ability. Through improvisation, you can paint a musical picture, but one that is unique each time you do it.
"Why read music?" is an often asked question, especially by beginning guitar students. Reading music is important for many reasons. One of the most important is that, reading music gives you access to all of the music that has come before, in any style. To be a complete musician, you should study what others have done before you, no matter what the style or instrument. In this way you can go beyond the bounds of your chosen style and develop a truly unique voice on your instrument, something that is very difficult to do. Like a language, you should be able to read, write and speak it in order to be fluent.
First and foremost, music is an art. It is a creative art that can let the player, no matter what their instrument, express themselves through either playing written music, or better yet, creations of their own. The skills of composing and improvisation allow this kind of creativity to come through in a truly unique manner, enabling the musician to communicate any mood or emotion.
Through his teaching, composing and performance, George promotes all of these aspects of music, and encourages his students to do the same. Each student is encouraged to develop their own musical voice in the style of their choice. Exposure to all styles of music is an important part of this process, as well as being able to read music, and the development of good technique and practice habits.