I could do this for hours
For any musician, any instrument.
Solo and together.
An individual reflection on that one thing you personally love most when
interacting with your instrument.
Conference of the birds. Around the kitchen table gathering wherein
each individual talks about their I could do this for hours thing.
Making music by taking this thing seriously, because what you could do
for hours, probably tells you something about who you truly are, and the
contribution you can be to others.
Part one (for solo musician)
What is it
When relating on a daily basis with your instrument
That you could or would do for hours?
Imagine that moment of the day
When you go to your instrument.
Is it already there, ready to be played, like a piano or a set up drumkit?
Or, like a clarinet, does it require unpacking and assembling, adjusting and
fine-tuning, even before you can get started with your actual playing?
Perhaps you actually like this moment even better than actually officially
playing your instrument?
Really tune in, think about what you do when you warm up. Maybe you just
like to watch out of the window while stroking gently the snares of your double
bass. Not worrying about making a specific sound. Just stroking and listening
and gazing out of a window.
Also perhaps, you like to play endless repeats of bits of phrases when you
study a part.
Anything goes. No right or wrong, good or bad. Just getting an awareness of
where there is a natural lack of resistance and consequently a sense of bliss
and joy regarding your relationship with your instrument in your daily practice.
DO you have it?
Maybe you have more than one? That is fine too!
Let your senses guide you.
Start exploring this thing you could possibly do for hours.
Do it for 20 minutes.
Put a clock to it.
Start exploring your instrument and musicality from this place.
See and hear what happens!
Part two (for ensembles)
After each individually having explored part 1.
Sit around a kitchen table.
Have a tea.
And why not a cookie.
Do a little circle sit in wherein each of you talk about the thing they could
would do for hours.
Enjoy being together and sharing your personal stories with your instruments.
Part three (for soloist or ensemble)
Make a piece of music out of what you can do for hours.
Make it a 20 or 50 minute piece.
That should do it.
Afterwards you can make it any length you like. Explore.
Be with it. Let it guide you and get an awareness of what else is possible now?
Solo version: explore that place, zone, musical thing, whatever it is,
as if complete in and by itself. Because it is.
Ensemble version: just share with a soft ear, a soft gaze, a musical space
wherein each of you just play your part regardless of what the others play,
yet don’t harden your playing.
Just let it be permeated by what the others do.
Yet you stick to your place and doing.
In real time: do this together in a room.
Online: make a recording (iphone, other) of each individual part and mix them
together in a multitrack computer program.
Someone probably has that.