Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The First Note
The first note.
What would be the first note I would play in 2015? Prudent to begin the New Year with an intentional note. My mind went to Eb, perhaps the first note I choose to fall in love with. An A was the actual first note that took me into her confidence, showed me the beauty and power of a single note. But early on in my work in Guitar Craft when I was directed to find my own voice, I fell for an Eb; eighth fret on the fifth string. She showed me wonder and possibility; showed me how to find the next note and which notes would increase her beauty, intrigue, mystery or horror. Yes, Eb has been very good to me. I decided that this would be the first note I'd play this year.
After settling in with myself and my guitar, I tuned. Then with attention I played my first note. I played her and played with her. First with a gentle crescendo, then a decrescendo. Then a bit faster, then slower; savoring the sound coming from this one note. I varied the attack by my thumb and the first three fingers of my left hand. Can I make the note the same volume regardless of which finger invites her to sound? I played with various fingering combinations of the left hand; again building crescendos and decrescendos. Just enjoying this single note.
I decided to play a chromatic scale playing each note with the thumb and each finger of the of the left
hand, building a crescendo across the 12 notes and then a decrescendo. Then various combinations of sequential notes and intensity. Then the surprise, I noticed I was on the fourth string and had begun with a Bb. A miscalibration of the mind and hands or a hidden intention of the Universe. Smiling wondering where this might take me this year. A brief improvisation in Bb major followed. Then I wondered what was the last note I played yesterday, the last day of the year? I do not know. Will I ever wake up?