I had an awesome week......lots going on but I'll stick to the music end of things for here x-)
I've learned a little something about playing this past week.....
Had a chance to play together with all of the individuals of our worship teams at church. There were 3 guitars, 1 set of drums, piano and vocalists. With all of that noise happening I realized quickly that I was going to need to be very bold in my playing and so...I was, telling myself, "eh, go ahead...no one's going to hear you anyway"...haha. I was wrong...but that's a good thing !
While playing with all I had in me and enjoying every minute of it....I discovered that...by rooting myself...and I'm not really sure how to explain this....but I think I sort of shifted my center of gravity down to my feet somehow....and also did something with my bow arm that I "really" can't explain but felt more weight(?) towards my elbow somehow....but anyway, whatever I did I realized it changed everything and my notes were ringing clear....my intonation was very good (for the most part) and everything was just ..wonderful ! I'm also amazed that I was even able to think about all of those things as I played...and make adjustments as we all went along....and pay attention to the music as well...puzzling..I give the Lord credit for that because it's never happened like that before...frankly.
At the end of the service we were all asked to come up and play a particular song...one which none of us had played before and didn't have the opportunity to practice...but why not....the congregation was warned...lol. After that song was over the guitarist next to me (a trained musician) looked over at me and said...."You were incredibly awesome...that sounded fantastic". That was the first time this individual ever complimented my playing. Honestly...she was as shocked as I was...
During all that "noise"....I did have a hard time hearing myself at times and I barely heard the pianist at all, but somehow...it all worked out and what an incredible uplifting experience that was !
Beth, can you explain what I was referring to as far as planting my feet ? It sort of felt like all my weight was down on the floor and it really gave me more control over all. I never felt that before but so glad I discovered it ! I remember seeing you playing in one of the videos of your group and you had that stance where I think you were doing the same thing, probably without even thinking about it.
Posted: January 9, 2012