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Does being a multi-instrumentalist preclude virtuosity?

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Answer #1 | 31/12 2013 07:08
There is an old saying. “I’m a jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Yes, in general, a multi-instrumentalist would have difficulty becoming an expert level performer, a virtuoso. However, before you lock yourself in your room to practice just one instrument, there are some things to consider. 1) Multi-instrumentalists make great composers and directors because they have an understanding of all instruments. 2) They make better teachers as well. 3) They also tend to get more gigs. Example: A tenor sax player is going to get more work if he can play flute, soprano sax, and clarinet. But keep in mind, this isn’t an “either or” proposition. It’s best to think in terms of depth. Example: Make violin your primary instrument. Viola would be second. Then, just for fun, pick up a mandolin.

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