CONTROL AND FREEDOM
FRIENDS OR ENEMIES?

WHEN WE THINK CONTROL, WE USUALLY DON'T THINK FREEDOM. 
LET'S EXPLORE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BOTH...



i. Control


When thinking of "control" the first image I have is : 

My eyes are closed, my heartbeat is regular, my mind is fully focused on the here and now. I can take action anytime.

I can feel the connection between my conscience and the rest of my body. I could compare my brain to a computer who sends commands to the body. 


How to achieve a good control of your body?


Building a good technique is obviously a first thought but there is so much more behind the notes.

The better you know your body, 

the better you use it.


Practicing by repeating the notes is not enough. Understanding posture, movement,  breathing, and how all three are connected will give you the tools to play what you want, the way you want.

Recommended techniques/ methods:

  • Alexander Technique (posture)
  • Feldenkrais (movement)
  • Sophrologie (focus - breathing - self esteem)
and also:
  • Tai chi (focus - movement - breathing)
  • Yoga (posture - focus - movement - breathing)

Being aware of the "motor control" of your body allows you to use it the way you need. (see the post about body and mind)


Optimal use of your body =

access to the freedom of doing what you want with your body




II. Freedom



In a previous post I shared two quotes from Celibidache about freedom:


"Every art has one single goal : Freedom"

"The goal of art and music is not to be beautiful. Its goal is ultimate truth"



An image of freedom, my head is looking up, free of moving, curious of everything, excited about life, surrounded about "possibles", I am free to take action. 

Another common image of freedom: "flying like a bird". you can also try to GET WINGS ;) but once you got the wings... you might be scared of flying.

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-FACE YOUR FEARS-

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"People who have seen me about to fly off a cliff say I look perfectly calm.

It's the complete opposite.

I am terrified.

I've just developed techniques and methods to cope with the fear."


Espen Fadnes




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Trusting yourself

The amout of freedom/let go depends on how advanced you are technically/musically and how much you trust yourself. 


 You might have heard about ego and self esteem. We often talk about the ego but not enough about self esteem. One might search a good balance between both. (A very high self esteeem can also have negative outcome in your life). 



the LET GO !


"She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go." 
Rev. Safire Rose

LOOSE CONTROL 


WITHOUT LOSING total CONTROL ;)



This is the ultimate part, just let go, you are ready.


The "ultimate truth" could be that moment of freedom: when we let our innervoice sing and be in control of our body, this is where/when the magic happens :)