To all the snooty classical musicians who insist on having stands and charts in front of them at all times, I give you Chris Thile…
It’s not that using sheet music is bad or wrong or not cool, it’s that using sheet music is simply not necessary. Going that extra mile and immersing yourself in what you’re performing so much so that the sheet music is no longer needed – that is the kind of performance that most people are looking for.
The two options for excellence: IMPROVISE your music, or MEMORIZE your music. Respect yourself and your audiences enough to do them this favor. I will get down off of my soapbox now.
HT: Tim Johnson