Masterclass Handout
Musical Articulation
Articulation is what turns tone into language, thus enabling us to communicate. Theatre actors are a good example for us here. Consider how they overly articulate and inflect their lines in order to get the meaning across the boards and to the audience. Most musicians have great meaning and interpretation in their minds, but only a small amount of it makes it out the bell and across to the audience unless we ex-a-ge-rate. A wide range of articulation should be attained and applied. The way we articulate groups of notes and phrases can help either underscore or distort the musical meaning and logic. Think of the different ways you can say a sentence of the same words, but change their meaning: I like spaghetti", I LIKE Spaghetti", I like SPAGHETTI".