Blog of the Week: Dynamic Pausing

Originally posted by Patrick Smith on January 9, 2014 at ajourneymanswayhome.blogspot.com

While working with one of the new pieces tonight, I was playing in front of a mirror.  Noticing that I was slumping over the guitar, I paused and thought about my use.  Where was I too relaxed that was allowing this slump to occur?  I came into a relationship with the space about me, then directing up and wide, something let go and realigned in my torso.  Staying with the space I became aware of the front of me and the back of me.  I noticed a sense that I was no longer sitting on my stool, but rather that the stool was supporting me.  Subtle but vital differences in how I was now using myself to play.

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