Alan Brinton

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Name

Alan Brinton

When did you start playing melodica?

2011-12-31

What is your playing level?

Intermediate

What musical genres are you interested in?

Almost all, but especially Jazz and Classical.

What is your musical background?

Intermediate level classical piano.

What melodicas do you play?

Lately, the Suzuki MA-32 “Super II” and my hybrid Yamaha P-37D/P-37E. But I have an enduring partiality to 25+ key models, especially the Yamaha P-25E and the rare little yellow Suzuki Study II 25.

Anything to add?

abrinton@boisestate.edu

I took up the melodica mainly to work on Jazz standards, learn to play by ear, improve my music reading skills, and work on improvisation. I have developed an interest in the instrument itself and tune my melodicas and do minor repairs. I work a lot with Band-in-a-Box. My approach to playing since I took up the melodica has been influenced a lot by Kenny Werner’s Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Musician Within.