The magic of being a musician implies that it is an active work of 24hs, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and that there is no rest when it comes to the development that one performs as an eternal student and searcher of new horizons. Regardless of the level in which one is, this is a reality for all of us and in turn, the great irony is the lack of time that one can have; or how to manage the short amount of time you have to achieve the highest performance possible.
What should not be missing every day is the possibility of playing our instrument but … There are so many things to develop that this already becomes a kind of feat to achieve. The simplest way to do this is to take advantage of all the dead moments one has in the day and find the musicality and the way to develop in the environment that we find.
An example in time: 17 years ago when I began to study harmony and composition, I taught in another city where I lived and had 4 hours of travel (back and forth), with which books in hand and a melodic (keyboard) of help, I was able to develop much of my vocabulary on that topic during the travel hours I had in a year and a half of that work.
Another current example: in the city of Buenos Aires one can have the advantage of practicing, reading, studying or writing this blog post, if you travel daily in subway or any other public transport.
But one comes to ask many times how to make the whole environment a playground and a musical practice. Next I would like to share some of the things I do daily to expand my playing field.
- I always carry a pencil and paper, or in its defect some device to annotate (cell phone, etc …) in case at any moment an idea becomes interesting enough to annotate it and later to develop it.
- If I have to study some score for some work (recording, show, etc …) I usually take them with me and do the work of visualizing the music and how I would solve the technical passages so that at the moment of reading in my instrument, the situation be more enjoyable and easy to perform. The following post can help you in this topic: #20 – 5 Tips for Sight Reading.
- On the way to a show, if I have not had enough time to study the repertoire of it, I usually listen to the music that I will play and visualize or sing it by memorizing the chords / degrees. This is a kind of conceptual reharsal and it really gives me a very good result.
- In the moments that I am studying melodic intervals, rhythms or any other type of ear training, the street is the best exercise. Any car horn, truck, train, etc … can become a note and from it sing intervals. Or from the union of the two-car horn, find out which interval is formed. In turn, discovering and playing on the rhythmic cycles that are generated from the movement of any type of public transport, is a good rhythmic practice.
- On many occasions when I am working on some idea for a composition, I usually wake up in the middle of the night with the idea resolved (sleeping has a great compositive effect) and I like to have something near to write so that the idea do not get dissipate.
When one discovers that the musical instrument is one and not the instrument itself, there are no limits to develop the talent that each one possesses and any daily situation, at any time and at any moment can be expanded to continue with musical practice.
Until the next post!
Warning: The creator of this Blog will be not responsible for the rare faces, laughter and all kinds of attitudes out of the ordinary that one can perform when doing exercises in the public way; as well as the possible funny reactions that may come to have people who see us practicing, thinking that we are crazy. 🙂