Only when a juggler misses catching his ball does he appeal to me.
In the most recent adventures in my currently developing career (it’ll take off once I have I am graduated and not committed to college, I have lots of ideas and projects besides travelling to study) it was said to me that I needed to do more than just play the music, that I needed to sell myself. That unique aspect about somebody that distinguishes one from the other.
As a musician, it’s vital to be so comfortable with what you’re playing.
Our (my) method
The answer is simple. Focus only on the music. By doing this, I and you can put all of your energy entirely on one area, so that we can optimise it to achieve the highest potential…..sell it.….this is a life’s work. When I practice, it’s about working directly on the problems in your playing whether creating a diverse technical, theoretical, musical facility, and discovering the another problem through that. I’m allowing myself time to discover myself through music, working on my concepts
I always use this metaphor; (see also A Day In The Life of a Music Maniac)
It’s like a big bubble that separates into smaller bubbles.
In relation to the above it’s vital to leave other world problem to the person whose passion resides in that field.
Maximise your potential, not somebody else’s.
Today listen to this short documentary. Here Bill Evans opens his mind and reveals some important views on his philosophies – listen out for when he moved to New York to make a big break….it’s very interesting.
One final point that can help your learn about how to perform is to see them perform. I watched Evelyn Glennie perform yesterday, whom is a renowned percussionist to analyse how she sells herself. Her performance style was/is very captivating even when playing nothing, she is always moving in some way flowing from one phrase to the other. I highly recommend watching this Ted Talk, you can see her explaining about her point of view on music especially when being partially deaf.
I hope I’ve inspired some of you out there, to think about the way you perform and present yourself – whether during an interview, meeting somebody new or just you’re best mates.