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Duane C.Oct 12, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
Hey all!! Got a question for ya. Any of you have experience with "Kenny Werner's" book and CD"Effortless Mastery-Liberating the Master Musician Within". I seen him on an interview type program yesterday and was quite intrigued by what he was speaking about.
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No ... but my path has been about trying to get out of my head, learning to not try so much as feel, and I play much better when I don't think about it at all. I don't know if that has anything to do with his system.
Orthodoxblues, from what he had to say during the interview and what I have been able to find out about the material, I believe in a basic way, that is what it's about. Over a long period of years he has strived to develop a method to consitently get to that place were your playing flows along at the peek of your abilities and you don't hinder it with to much concentration, as to what's next. All musicians know, (or at least most of them I believe) that there is a zone or groove that they get in at times and play right at the top of their game. I take it, this material is a method for doing that on a very consistent basis.
Now, that sounds cool. It seems like most learning systems in music are too cerebral, they seem to pull me out of that groove and into my head. Whenever I think about what I'm playing, I get worse.
Finding that groove is easier for me on harp that on guitar (which is newer for me), but I'm working on it. If you get this system, please let us know more about it.
I have the book. It's very good and the concepts apply to endeavors besides music. I think one needs to have developed a certain level of basic fundamental competence on one's instrument in order to apply Wenner's approach effectively, but what he teaches is intetresting and useful.