I came across this post from January Becoming, which was written when I was suffering from the flu and my mind was focusing on negative thinking. During this time I picked up my old copy of the Inner Game of Music and read a section on trust. In this section Barry Green mentioned the use of visualizing recent positive musical experiences to foster the creative process. This worked for me that day. Tonight I am in a much better frame of mind regarding myself and music, and I found myself wondering about the impact of visualizing positive musical experiences from an already positive place.
I sat for a few moments and calmed my thinking. Then drawing on my recent Alexander Technique work, I became aware of the space around me. I then decided to improve my studio space slightly, bringing a tiny bit of order to my work. Back on my stool, I visualized myself during the recent Alive Again sessions and also the night the piece Broken Wing was revealed. Then picking up my guitar, I recalled part of my improvisation from last night that stood out. I began playing this and then a section from Broken Wing. I was with my playing in a way that usually takes me a while to achieve. I decided to return to the theme from last night.
I played with it a bit and found a new direction to explore. After 15 minutes of this I paused, coming back to myself and the intention to play beautifully. Another attempt with the visualization and then I turned on the mp3 recorder and began to play. I played what I had worked out so far and when I came to the end of this, I just let my hands go. Suddenly a new idea emerged, followed by another, and then an ending. I paused and began playing again but did not find this same twist. But the first take is captured, thus I know where I will begin with tomorrow's practice. I'll also be working with this visualization more and would love to hear if this practice improves your musicality?