I play jazz piano and have had many professional teachers swear that when they perform they stop thinking and play from instinct. The feeling it created caused those present to behave differently for a while, possibly with more grace, with more mindfulness of the soul. Relaxation is a skill you can learn. It's now been a month or two since I read this book. Many are so impressed that they buy copies for their musician friends as gifts. The musician who has never experienced this effortless state will be quite sure the whole notion is pure fantasy or at least wishful exaggeration or worse, some dissociative psychological disorder , but musicians who have experienced it can attest that it is very real, and worth developing if one only knew how. If that's you, then you probably know the ugly truth: practice is hard.
After all, physical exertion is rarely helpful when attempting to play better music, and as Kenny Werner illustrates in Effortless Mastery, it can be counterproductive. If we surrender our desires, we will hear it. But by practicing small amounts, chewing fully and digesting everything from the lesson, extracting from it all the vitamins possible, one becomes mighty! Everyone who wonders if the practice will ever pay off. The earth is the game board, and we are the pieces on the board. There are no wrong notes! Playing music should be as simple and natural as drawing a breath, yet most musicians are hindered by self-consciousness, apprehension, self-doubt, and stress. I just began to play and it happened. It was great for teaching that skill! Instead, I urge you to do this book.
There is some important material here, but unfortunately it is wrapped in a cloak of mysticism intended to awe the reader supposedly providing secret eastern knowledge to obtain musical nirvana. The four of us had a very interesting and wide-ranging conversation over some really amazing pizza. And on and on it goes. Granted the production is not very slick, just a camcorder recording of Werner giving a lecture. Kenny teaches that 'The joy of practicing is concentration. First, some warnings and possible negatives.
Neither of them were known for chops, but both forced you to stop and listen. Before we can truly express our inner self, we must first learn to be at peace and overcome the distractions that can make performance difficult. That is when my brother-in-law surprised me with a copy of Effortless Mastery. I just spent 1 year on 3 piano accompaniments of Debussy for violin and piano. It has a hypnotic effect on me.
Great r There are No Wrong Notes! This is my new favorite book. This doesn't preclude practice, it just looks at 'practice' differently. Before we can truly express our inner self, we must first learn to be at peace and overcome the distractions that can make performance difficult. You know you have them! Fear, the Mind and the Ego 6. I wanted this change and wanted to understand how to really practice. Playing music should be as simple and natural as drawing a breath, yet most musicians are hindered by self-consciousness, apprehension, self-doubt, and stress.
I have a concert in 3 weeks. And yet as widely-known as this un-secret secret is, relaxing easier said than done. Kenny teaches that 'The joy of practicing is concentration. It also shows how to practice effectively, promoting real growth and how to play and perform free from fear and self-judgment. Kenny Werner goes beyond chops, theory, and fashion, and focuses on what music ultimately comes down to, spiritual communion. From time to time revisit the audio meditations 3. Many are so impressed that they buy copies for their musician friends as gifts.
I also met Kenny in Seattle when he played at Jazz Alley in 2014 and I distinctly felt and so did several people I spoke to that his playing was coming from another place. Kenny's remarkable work deals directly with these hindrances, and presents ways to let our natural creative powers flow freely with minimal stress and effort. Before we can truly express our inner self, we must first learn to be at peace and overcome the distractions that can make performance difficult. This book is not to be read b Lifechanging. Then you have the more practical books which dig into the how-to.
I was doing some exercises from Effortless Mastery. If it's difficult for you, you can't let go and create. This is a how-to book for the musician who wants to become a master musician. I did enjoy the book since much of it deals specifically with musical improvisation and I have been concentrating for the last couple of years on getting better at improvisation. It has been within easy reach of wherever I am for a few years now.
They're very easy to understand, but somehow I always think that they don't really apply to me once I start practicing. This book has become a favorite of many musicians who credit it with changing their lives! I don't know that this applies to those people. It has been within easy reach of wherever I am for a few years now. I appreciated that he didn't just talk theory and philosophy, or even just changing the way you think. While Werner is a musician, the concepts presented are for every profession or life-style where there is a need for free-flowing, effortless thinking.