|Try playing in
different rooms and spaces. Stairwells, churches, bathrooms,
mountains, caves, streams, and high ceiling rooms, small rooms, and
rooms with wood floors and rooms with concrete or linoleum floors.
Each space has
unique character. Write or make a mental note of some of the sounds you
hear. Play a short note and listen to the sound. Play a
long held note at medium volume and listen to the sound while you play
and to the ending of the note.
Is it a large
with a full body or is it thin and soft? Does the sound seem to
last for a while or just a tiny bit or not at all when you stop
playing? How about when you start the sound? Does it become
immediately or gradually?
certain emotional and musical responses from each individual person,
depending on who they are and where they have been in their life.
Make a mental note of a certain space’s power to provoke you to
different musical expressions. Also notice your body and how it
is responding to the space. Be open to what the space evokes from
Go back to the
spaces over and over and make a note of the poser of the space to
inspire you. Some spaces will call you back and others will repel
that you are building a relationship to that space and as you nurture
your relationship with that space you will be nurtured in return.
If your favorite
spaces are far away then see if you can take elements of what you like
about that space and recreate them in your home or in a closer
location. Begin to take the memory and the relationships to your
favorite spaces with you.
At home in a
place, sit and remember what your favorite space is like. What
does it smell like? What colors are coming to mind? What
memories and feelings do you feel in your favorite place? What
sounds o you hear w hen you are there? Remember to be open to
what comes into your mind.
Most of all,
have fun with all of the unique qualities of the spaces and keep
(copyright Joshua Bernstein