Monday, March 06, 2006

Naps save lives

One of the nice things about waking up early in the morning is that I have the chance to take care of the things that are important to me first thing in the day. Today was a big gamelan day. This week will be a big gamelan week. I transcribed the melody of Semara Wisaya & the rhythm for Gringsing:

I'm going in to work with Alit this afternoon and it will be good to spend some time with the instruments. Right now I'm just playing everything on guitar.
I worked on the random chord exercises and I did surprisingly well. My ears have come allong a lot more than they have since the last time I did this exercise. I made the observation as I was playing: "oh, I get it. I just listen to what I'm playing." It's sounds stupid, but it's incrediably profound for me. I can't always articulate what's happening but I can feel my way around the changes by really listening the chords and the notes I'm playing. Sometimes I can really hear the relationship of the notes that I"m playing, other times not. It was a very inspiring and freeing experience. It was a little scary too. It's tricky to let go that much when playing music. It's important to do, but I'd like to have a little more control or influence on my playing. I think that's where I'm going to be doing a lot of my work. How do I harness this way of playing? How do I know with more certainty what I'm playing and why?.... Posted by Picasa


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