Today was my sixth day in a row at work, one that spread Holiday joy, but drained me physically. After a shower, rest, and a light dinner I was ready to spend the night in a chair watching CSI and related programs. Rare behavior for me, but I really am tired. Then my wife told me that I would practice, that I needed to practice. She is a wise person, so I listened.
Unlike last night, I found it easy to pick up my guitar. Fortunately strings and nails remained intact tonight. Like last night I focused on using the Alexander Technique to address my use in relationship to the guitar. I was looking at how I begin a piece of music. Beginning, pausing, coming into a relationship with my body, and beginning again. Beginning at times in the middle of the piece, just a different look at how I begin. Was I there when I began to play?
Connection seemed to be the theme for tonight. Connection with my body, with my length, with the earth below me and the universe above me. At one point, with my guitar on my body I was playing with my arms in space, similar to something David and I did in class recently. My right hand came into position from below the body of the guitar rather than from my across. I noticed a freedom in my elbow and an advantageous positioning of my wrist from this. This new movement was free of habitual patterning.
I worked with two different parts of pieces which challenge my right hand, to see if this "freedom" impacted my execution. And then I noticed that my energy was flowing. After playing with pieces, I began to improvise. A sweet little melody tinkled out which I worked with for the remainder of my time. A loving push from my wife, aligned with my ongoing commitment to music and my intentional connection with life energies led to an insight about my playing and a gentle kiss with music. A brief but fruitful practice. What is your commitment? How do you connect?
10 minutes later:
I forgot to mention that to honor the life of Don Von Vliet I practiced with my hat on tonight. May he Rest in Peace, thanks for the memories and the music Captain. Here are his Ten Rules for Guitar Playing.