Thursday, June 23, 2011
Development of the body. mind, or spirit requires exercise. Gaining proficiency in a craft is attained by exercises passed on by the Masters, and applying them in your own voice. This morning as I began to practice, a series of notes presented themselves to me. Hearing the music within these notes I began to follow where they led. At first this was relatively simple, but then we were stuck.
The whisper from the muse was gone, and I began to exercise what craft I have in composition. Slowly, a piece was taking form. In the act of taping what I had so far, a happy accident occurred and I found my way into the next section. Slyly the creative process had whispered to me once again. Moving forward I once again did not know how to proceed. Time for an AT lie down. My back was grateful as I sunk into the floor. Taking this time to contemplate and relax my body, distracted my mind from the task at hand.
When I returned to the guitar, the next transition introduced themself to me and I followed along. Close but no resolution, I took a break for coffee. Auralizing what I had so far, I found myself humming a possible phrase. Sure enough this worked and the piece and I continued developing. Taping what I had and doing a rough notation, I then began tho play the piece again. Now I found that the ending of the first phrase was being influenced by where the piece had developed to. Again I followed, but with the changes made, the next transition no longer worked. Patiently finding a way to work this out, I smiled, knowing that this was one of those sessions where I was stretching my compositional abilities. Exersing my capacity to listen and apply. I just need to allow the process to unfold and weather this actually turns into a piece or just an extended effort is not the point. Learning and growing as a musician requires exercising the various aspects of musicianship. One poignant place in the process was adding in what I thought was a "wrong note."
But this "wrong note," was exactly what was needed in this point of the piece. No need to think, just play, discover, and listen.