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If I'm not making mistakes when I play it means I'm playing it too safe.
I'm talking about taking chances, creating in the moment and growing as a player. That's whats happening here. An egoless, fearless state free of the dualities of good / bad , success / failure solely for the advancement of creativity. Remember, do something-- If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy
There is a technique to listening to this kind of music. You could try and pick out every note, focusing in on one at a time, but the way I find is to just let it wash over, like a blanket of sound. All you are conscious of then is what is coming from the heart. If there`s nothing there, then we`ve failed to reach you, and apologize for the time you spent trying to connect.
A Temple Of Improvisation~
Any Free thinking player has developed from hard work and hard thought, a personal conception. Whether you're improvising intensely onstage or in the studio, it is only after much thought, practice, and theory have gone into that conception, and it is that conception which makes us different from all other musicians. Which means once we know what we are doing and learn to fly we can explore and let our selves go find areas of music through improvisation we didn't know existed.
A Free Improvisation, therefore, is based on a paradox - that a player is so well prepared that he can fly through instinct, reflex and sheer musical bravery into the musical unknown.
"Music`s not a competition between players, it`s a competition against our inner limits.
We all have to make our own way in our own way.
When you put your heart into something it`s impossible then to fail"
~ Donald Gisbey
"I am the sum total of everything that I have experienced musically"
"Without deviation, progress is not possible"
"All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around "
“The music is within your heart, your soul, your spirit. It's not really in some intellectual realm in your brain. And this is all I do when I sit at the piano, I just go within.”
~ Alice Coltrane
"play what you know and then play above that" -Miles Davis
"When I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born"
“The theme you play at the start of the number is the territory,” Ornette Coleman said, “and what comes after, which may have very little to do with it, is the adventure
"I start in the middle of a sentence & move both directions at once."
“I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I'm doing . . . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there's some feeling of communication, it isn't necessary that it be understood.”
"When you are creating your own shit, man, even the sky ain't the limit."
Elvin Jones- When asked how he and Coltrane’s group managed to play together with such intensity.
"You’ve got to want to die for the motherfucker!”
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music.”