Thursday, January 17, 2013
Laying Down the Visualization
Towards the end of the piece, my visualization faltered as I was uncertain of one of the fingerings. Yet in the prone position on the floor, I was able to remain focused and free about what I was undertaking. When I moved to play my guitar, I decided to begin with Senseless Loss. But first I just held my guitar between my legs and inhibited my desire to play. I gave myself the Alexander Technique directions to free my neck and spine, my back, my legs, my shoulders and my arms. Then after I moved my arms to the guitar, I paused again, quickly running through the directions.
After playing a few bars I paused to turn on the recorder. As I began to play my tone was soft and even, the notes flowing from my fingers. I began to think how I might write this up for the blog. And yes my playing deteriorated rapidly. As the Guitar Craft aphorism aptly states - We begin again constantly. And so I did. First taking time to find my breath; to work with the Alexander Technique directions; and to just be in the moment with my guitar, with myself. With the recording device running, I played through the piece again. Then I moved on to improvising with chords based on fourths.
After a short break I returned to the guitar. Taking time to reconnect with my body and my guitar through breathing and the Alexander Technique, I then turn on the recorder. Playing through Senseless Loss one more time. As much as possible keeping my attention directed, my body free. Though I have not listened to this run through, I suspect this is the best that I've ever played this piece. I will not listen to the recording tonight. The process is what matters most, not the end result. Perhaps I'll play a bit more, perhaps I'll rest. I'll make that decision in a moment.