Music has many different definitions but from what I've read, I believe it all revolves around having the soul express itself. In other words, many people could say that music is simply the soul's voice. This is very interesting because indeed, music has often a strong emotional charge.
Now, when it comes to reading a violin sheet and playing the notes, do you believe the soul of the performer is expressing itself? Yes, no, maybe?
Maybe it is, and that is what explains how different can music sound depending on your mood and your current circumstances.
But maybe it isn't... Maybe the feelings are already tattooed in the notes and there's not much to do about it. That could explain people trying to find music that suits their mood (or that suits with what their soul is trying to say).
What do you think?
Musical improvisation, in the other hand, is our own work. A piece spontaneously crafted by our soul. But it has its limits... coming to the violin, we would be limited by our skills. It would be difficult to create music that our skills simply wouldn't allow.
I personally love improvising. There's nothing like taking my violin to a calm place and filling the air with random notes carefully selected by my soul. But whenever I want to continue improving my skills, I really enjoy too taking a good music sheet and keep on playing and playing...
I have come to think that musical improvisation enhances more my creativity while playing sheet music improves more my technique. That is just an opinion, what do you think, fellow violinists?
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