Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Last night I was able to return to my Qi Gong class after missing two sessions after a week of flu. After an hour & fifteen minutes, I was so connected. My body relaxed, mind focused, and energy freely moving throughout the system. If only I could live in this space.
Tonight I did a few minutes of Qi Gong before practicing guitar. Always a good way to warm up my hands, bring my body/mind together, and to get my energy moving. I was working on two difficult passages from two different pieces this evening. After good progress was made on the first piece of work, I took a brief break and turned my attention to the second difficulty.
This section has plagued me for sometime. Part of my problem is that as pieces are evolving I am developing insufficient knowledge of fingerings as the piece is not complete. Frequently by the time a piece is complete, I have some habits that need addressing. This is the case with this section. As I was working on this tonight, I noticed I was lacking connection with myself, the guitar, and with the music. I removed the guitar and sat for a few minutes to establish the connection with myself. Then returning to the guitar, I directed with the AT directions, and considered how I might approach what I was doing.
I decided to play just up to the transition that is problematic and then inhibit playing the next notes. As I worked with inhibition, I sensed a greater connection with the piece, noticing how the energy was building and needed the proper execution of the next part to allow the piece to "take off." One time I spoke instead of playing; another time I lifted my feet; and I made other gestures, all the while paying attention to what I was doing. Then as I was leading up to this one more time, I noticed myself catching my breath, so I exhaled but continued to inhibit the playing. Beginning the section again, I followed my breath and began to exhale just before the problem part. I played the notes beautifully. A few more times of just staying with my breath, not attempting to time the breath with the part, but remaining connected and allowing the breath to support myself and the music.
This is not the first time I have learned this lesson, and possibly not the last. Just happy to be learning, breathing, and making music.