Thursday, August 4, 2016

Question Everything: More or less?

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Are you the type of person who feels like more notes in a solo is a good thing?  Or that less notes say it better?

Is giving a lot of feedback the way that you feel people will benefit the most?  Or that keeping it to a few points is more digestible?

Do you feel that explaining things in lots of detail is good for other people?  Or that keeping it to a minimum is enough?

Is a lot of movement during a solo more exciting for the audience?  Or are fewer movements more meaningful?

Whichever side(s) you're on, you're not wrong.  But you're not right, either.  Who's receiving? What's the context?  Have you considered going towards the other side of the spectrum?  If not, why not?

How would you explain a drill or an activity with far less words than you'd normally use?  Where would you play more notes if you tend to pick easier patterns to play?  When would you make a movement much more intentional in a flurry of motion?  Do you need to go into great detail for a simple thing? Can you go into great detail when a simple thing is not understood?

To experience the "other side" helps us understand not just ourselves but other people as well.  When we do these things, we are rarely just doing it alone.  Others are watching, listening, observing.  Knowing that the style you prefer is not always the best way to deliver can be a huge eye-opener and a start to becoming a better performer, teacher, and artist!

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