Control and Freedom: friends or enemies?
WHEN WE THINK CONTROL, WE USUALLY DON'T THINK FREEDOM.
LET'S EXPLORE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BOTH...
Feeling in control of your body.
Eyes closed, heartbeat is regular, the 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.
Optimal use of your body = access to the freedom of moving the way you need.
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"
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... )
3. FACE YOUR FEARS
"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."
The amount of freedom/let go depends on how advanced you are technically/musically and how much you trust yourself.
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