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Blindfold Improvisation

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Hi!

 

I posted some time ago here a video about composing without thinking keys or chord and scale relations (Keyless-thinking). After posting that lesson to Finnish forum I was told that for example Barney Kessel and Rauol Björkenheim are used to practise blindfolded. It sounded interesting So I decided to try this method too. Like in ”Keyless Thinking” also in this experiment I tried to find new ways to dig deeper into my musical self. In this example everything was improvised eyes wide shut. Here are some thoughts that this method brought to my mind.

 

1. After I was more used to the idea of playing blindfolded I really felt that I could concentrate more in making actual music. There was no visual distraction from surroundings and also from fingers and guitar. In some parts I forgot guitar and fretboard and ”saw” just darkness or random pictures.

 

2. At first I was afraid of mistakes that occurs in fret position changes. But after a while I felt more comfortable about it

 

 

3. It was very interesting to see my self from video after playing. Normally I stay still and concentrate a lot in watching my fingers while playing. Now when it was impossible I seemed to be moving a lot with the music. It was suprising to me. It seems that I delved into a more comprehensive creating music. Also this time it might be that I didn’t pay so much attention how things look to outside. I have read that moving while playing activates the body’s muscles and that way prevent injuries. I think that it might also help playing to be more natural and attached to different musical expressions. 

 

My conclusion from this experimentation is that I might loose some of the most bravest jumps on fretboard but connection between my guitar and my musical thinking with this method is more closer and honest. So maybe I will continue with this. :)

Do you have experiences with this method?

 

Cheers, Mikko

 

 

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Nice playing man :) Watching musicians move when playing is far more engaging, even just a simple rocking. Its interesting; I feel more connected to the musician playing when I'm watching him move.

 

Thats a very cool concept also. I will have to try this. I've done it before, though have ended up with irregular rhythms and very dissonant melodies, as I tried to go as weird as possible, or I stopped because I was afraid of going further. 

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On 9/22/2018 at 4:11 PM, MisterLutherMan said:

Nice playing man :) Watching musicians move when playing is far more engaging, even just a simple rocking. Its interesting; I feel more connected to the musician playing when I'm watching him move.

 

Thats a very cool concept also. I will have to try this. I've done it before, though have ended up with irregular rhythms and very dissonant melodies, as I tried to go as weird as possible, or I stopped because I was afraid of going further. 

This is very nice to hear because I have thought a lot lately how I should be in front of audience and I thought that I'm old enough to be like I am without thinking too much how I look. And it's very true that listener connects better to player if he/she moves with the music. And also player connects the source of music better that way. I'm playing a lot odd-time music also and it's interesting how body moves with that..

 

Thank you!

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