The Well Tempered Clarinetist has a steady, rock solid technique and is able to maintain and enhance it over time.
Beginning with the most primary motivation of the musician- to create an artistic experience for self and others- the well tempered clarinetist systematically progresses along that path, never losing sight of the original goal. She exhibits not only musical imagination, but also creative problem solving.
The Well Tempered Clarinetist is alive with musical inspiration. He progresses steadily and solidly through any obstacles which hampers the ideal balance of freedom and control in musical expression.
Music is an extremely complicated language to translate into a living example, into the actual product of the music itself -- the actual experience between the listener and the player. And that experience requires being completely present, both physically and mentally, while enacting that event of the music.
The control of the air, and the body, and the body's gestures, in other words, control of the whole self, is perhaps most critical of all for musicians.
Musicians also play for a much longer time than dancers or athletes, and have to maintain an extremely high level of control throughout a longer period.
All these skills can be learned in a fun and engaging way. Three basic skills and practices will enable you to temper your playing.
- Being grounded- You can learn to be grounded through awareness of your breath and your body
- Being playful- Approaching problems with a playful and lighthearted attitude enables a gentler and also deeper kind of learning. Positive emotions during practice enable better learning.
- Being creative- Learning an instrument means solving your problems and issues in your own way. While other techniques may help you, creative problem solving lets you analyze and solve each new problem on your own.
With these skills you will be able to tackle any challenge and overcome issues in a deep and solid way. These skills will be detailed in future posts.
Would you like to share practice ideas with other musicians? You could do so at the Practice Café.