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some thoughts on practicing

Posted by ban1ja on Wednesday, November 7, 2007


10 hours a day of practice is what it takes to be great the great ones say and even more than that to be of the greatest but then it has become something altogether different, an ineffable quality of heart fearlessness in the face of ones urges and the music’s impulses never mind the instrument which is unto itself a force having heard my mother practice many many hours a day all her life it was still not clear to me what one practices 10 hours a day. Paul laughed–since he thinks I practice all day long–when I said that


I think the word is misleading, practice: the actual application of a plan or method, as opposed to the theories (of) relating to it. Anyway having now more to build on, there’s a fantastic synthesis going on, molecular I think as much as in fact the theories relating–and of relating–to it...and so now I guess it’s timely to again simply say yes when someone asks do you surf?! just as ultimately I decided to say yes when someone asks do you believe in god, though of course these are trick questions cause there ain’t no yes or no about it


I am starting to solve problems. Now that I know the notes, I can think of other things, make decisions about the relationship between notes, and phrases and paragraphs, and about the whole of it. In their own ways each of my disparate teachers are purists pulling and pushing me as is their responsibility as teachers to make sure I know the rules but just as I’m not bound by form in my writing I have a wont to cross-pollinate Bach and Bluegrass, supplanting a hammer-on for a trill, and exchanging a 16th note slide for a triplet. Dear god.


It’s not like I was never told the things I’m figuring out, but I hadn’t the requisite experience to understand the point of it, and before that–during the violin years–I hadn’t the give a good goddamn. Sometimes there’s a sense of waste like not having learned from my grandfather about the kabbala–never mind the rest–the point is there must be a preparedness.

You must know something to learn something.

1 comment on “some thoughts on practicing”

irasmith Says:
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 @10:50:56 AM

Note to the left side of the brain, please turn the switch to the off position...;-}

Great post!

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