Thursday, December 23, 2010
What's a Model?
Well I was playing with Robert Henri's ideas about studying my beginnings, I chose the scale mentioned two days ago to serve as my "model." Last night I composed another beginning with this scale. While driving to work today I was visualizing part of what I wrote last night on the fretboard, as I could not hear this yet. Then I noticed that a couple of C#'s had slipped in though they are outside of the scale. Not a problem really, just may need to create another beginning within the scale.
When I went to review the beginning from the first night I also found a couple of C#'s. Laughing I thought well this is what happens when you practice and you're so tired. Of course I am almost always tired when I practice so what to do? I decided that I may look at this scale again or I may not. Perhaps this is another manifestation of Eno's "mistake as a hidden intention." The important point is that I chose a "model" and used this as a springboard for musical ideas. Where this "model" takes me in either a learning or a musical context is what is important, not how strictly I adhere to my own initiating ideas. I'll see how this develops over time, but for now I'm off to curl up with Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage by Kenneth Silverman. A truly great read about a very influential man.