Re: outta tune
Posted by Doc Too on 1/31/2020, 8:55 am, in reply to "outta tune"
Describe that concert F to them in words. I use words like focused, resonant, clean, stable, unified. Play it again and ask them to notice how that sounds - let them add additional adjectives. |
Then ask them to play another note (concert Bb) and make it the same. They will do it better, but not great yet. With that Bb in their ears, ask them to hear that pitch in their imagination, but imagine it focused, resonant, clean, stable, and unified. Let them imagine for a few seconds, then without saying much to distract from their imagination of that Bb, have them play it. You might be amazed at how much it improves.
That process enables them to use the mental techniques that pros use to play everything.
1. Their bodies are well-trained to play the music.
2. They imagine how it will sound.
3. Then they get out of their own way and play.
In your students, it is fairly easy to transfer that concept to everything that they play.
They won't "hear" the music to be played as easily as a pro can, but start with the easy things (concert Bb scale) and ask them to imagine it sounding just as focused, resonant, clean, stable, and unified as that concert F. Do all that you can to get their brains out of the way of the physical aspects of playing.
Even at these early stages, their bodies can do most of what you are asking without all of the detailed thought required to get them started.
I hope you have some of the amazing experiences I have had when I teach professional-level methods of "imagination." Good luck!
What do you do to go from a beautiful concert f and all the exercises to a beautiful sound?
We do great f exercises. That doesn't transfer to our music yet. HELP!