Ibrahim Maalouf on NPR

I often speak about musical honesty, both publicly and in your private lessons. This interview with Ibrahim Maalouf demonstrates precisely what I am talking about.

In case you have never heard me speak on this topic before, let me give you a quick summary. I believe that the only musically legitimate way to be original is to be true to who you are. Musical sincerity and musical honesty are the only true path to musical originality. We spend our entire lives pealing back the layers to revel our true selves through our art.

When Ibrahim performs, he is playing the music that most resonates with him, and in the process, he has “found his voice”.

Listening Questions:

  • What did Ibrahim do to sound Arab on the trumpet?

    The video talks about how Ibrahim wanted to bring the Arab sound into his music. What did he do to make that happen?

  • Do you understand the quarter tone thing?

    Ibrahim is not the first trumpet player to play on a quarter tone trumpet. Do some homework to find out who was the first. Do you understand how it works?

    And for the more advanced students, do you also understand how this will conflict with more natural tunings?

  • Creating a new music?

    At the end of the video, Ibrahim says that he is not trying to blend one music with the other. Instead, he is trying to create a new music. I believe we all have the ability to create our own music. How would YOU create your own music if you used Ibrahim as a model?

Eddie Lewis posts these videos as listening assignments to his students. He often tells the students that “listening is more important than practicing”. To that end, he shares the videos so the students have something to inspire them to listen more often to professional trumpet players.

That said, if you are not one of Mr. Lewis’ students, we welcome you, too. The more the merrier! Welcome to EddieLewis.com. Feel free to post your comments and questions below.