Written by Dan Rose
In life you can be in one of two states: resistance or allowing. We can think of Allowing as the state of flowing with the current of life and whatever it brings. We can look at Resistance as trying to swim upstream against the current.
As a jazz musician, I find that when I am in a true, authentic state of Allowing, my improvisations, and my playing in general, tend to be much richer and more stimulating. When I am in a state of Resistance, I tend to lose the flow of expression. I end up superimposing overplayed patterns that despite their level of technicality (or lack thereof) have little effect on the listener.
In this video, my goal is to provide you with an exercise you can do at home or on your next gig. By converting whatever emotion you are experiencing in the moment into sound, you are releasing resistance to whatever you are feeling, and consequently, playing more exciting, meaningful material. You are also listening and reacting to the rhythm section on a deeper level. You are essentially becoming vulnerable as an artist and, hence, more relatable to your audience, prioritizing expression over “right notes” or playing “right changes”.
When you are in resistance to the possibility of sounding bad, or messing up, or playing “non-hip” stuff, you may have a bag of tricks that can get you through the tune while keeping you safe from the perceived judgment of others, but at the cost of your authentic power as a performer. The idea is to push your comfort zone and to use all of your technique and harmonic palette to serve your expression. Jump into the sea of the unknown and trust that the material you have practiced has been absorbed into your subconscious to the extent that you can consciously focus on your emotions during your playing. Do this exercise and make the shift today!
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