Thinking about the importance of being relaxed while playing

Tuesday March 15, 2011 Hello all! I’m  writing to you from Stockholm, Sweden.  I was thinking about how one of the keys to playing in a connected, concise fashion is so very contingent on being relaxed.  The components to being are relaxed

are: 1. Feeling like you are prepared, as in knowing the music inside and out to the point where you don’t have to think too hard about form, harmony, melody, etc. 2. Being of a mind-set where you are accepting of whatever happens in a musical situation, where you don’t judge yourself, but rather are accepting of whatever may go down. Generally if you’ve covered number 1 sufficiently, number 2 will be easier.  3. Being in good physical condition, which generally requires physical exercise, stretching, a good diet, and sufficient rest.  4. The realization that you are part of a greater whole, and you are only part of that greater whole. It is not just your playing that is the focus, but rather the interaction of all the musicians you are playing with that makes good things happen.

If you can surrender to the greater whole, then you can join in the conversation without having to feel like you have to make something happen.

Bottom line, get out of the way, and let the music happen. This is actually not a bad philosophy for daily life in general!   Keep the faith, Bob




  1. Randy Clere
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I found this most helpful… Checking in with the “hara” to connect with my breath, brining qi from the feet, to the hara, connecting up through the crown… Being present! Great writing, Bob..

  2. Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Interesting article. I enjoyed it very much! Thanks. Goo luck Waylon Pluck

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