Wilbert often said, "Don't play." We train ourselves so that we "don't play" in the end.
This sounds so cryptic at first! But in the context of music-making, he's referring to how we should internalize everything so that we no longer feel like we have to "do something". The sound, the music just flows, emanates out of us. It becomes a part of us and is not something external. A classic example is say, a light pickup. More challenging is a light pickup in the higher register. Or a passage with many notes. We train to do something only to let go again.
In this way, playing becomes more and more effortless and you expand your realm.
ABOUT THE BLOG:
I got inspired to document my own observations in flute-playing and music-making. Also, I thought it's important to pass on the teachings of the great Wilbert Hazelzet, as well as many other mentors who have influenced my artistic visions one way or the other. Enjoy this potpourri of tips, inspirations, and musings.
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