"Do not fear mistakes. There are none"
Miles Davis's statement sums up my approach to creating music and playing Drums. Strive to create "beauty" in all your musical expressions, you will be happier for it.
Free & fearless , I'm not out to impress anyone-I just live my life and do what I love to do, the rest kinda takes care of it's self. Thanks for taking the time to visit my page- Peace & God Bless !
When you're in the midst of improvisation, there is no yesterday and no tomorrow — there is just the moment that you are in. In that beautiful moment, you experience your true insignificance to the rest of the universe. It is then, and only then, that you can experience your true significance~ "Charlie Haden"
Musicians connecting in this way creates a community of true equality and equanimity in which the contributions of all are recognized, valued, and used in the process of creation. For as long as the music lasts, the players are completely dependent on listening to and trying to understand each other in service of a creative goal beyond their own personal desires.
Some thoughts on improvising: You need a 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.
The Temple Of Improvisation- The place I like to visit as often as I can.
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.
Thoughts on listening,
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.
"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.
~ Donald Gisbey's words are brilliant !
"All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around "
"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.”
Steve Mauro’s tracks