One of those days...
... when you can play just anything, no matter of technical difficulty. Instrument is a natural extension of your body and sound comes easily. You are free to experiment, embellish and improvise. Your day was ordinary; same old routine in the office, commute home, dinner... almost no rest in between.
It comes out of nowhere and tomorrow you are back to your average or less than average violin self. No matter how hard you try, that elusive state of mind/body is impossible to find and retain.... until next time.
It could be called a rapture, peak experience or being in the flow.
It happens perhaps 1-3% of time.... how to keep it and reach 40-60%?
Be born with a bow in your hand, I guess.
Shame on me. A glass of a good italian red wine is no guarantee - but pretty helpful. Increases the rate maybe from 2 to 20%. Obviously it helps me to relax. One glass, not more.
It happened to me once in an orchestra rehearsal. I got informed by the conductor (he named no names but I knew who I was) that he didn't want any "heroes".
I'm afraid we have to practice in such a way that our off-days are still serviceable. Then the conditions are there for a possible Rapture, but if it Doesn't Happen the audience shouldn't notice.
When I used to drink, the more I consumed the better I sounded to myself.
Well, that's a common phenomenon, Jeff. Same with driving fast, or diy Sawzall soundpost adjustments...
The great,famous, soloists sound good on their off-days. That's scary.
I doubt they sound good to themselves on off days.
I'm not a regular coffee drinker, so coffee has a big affect on me. I have definitely had some of "those days" after a rare time of drinking coffee. interesting because others are talking about things that relax you, but coffee is a stimulant. Of course that made me want to drink it every day, but then it wouldn't have that effect.... Also noticed that any situation in my life which gives me adrenaline, but doesn't make me nervous (so not performing, haha), can make the magic happen. I really have often wondered, how can i play like that every day?! I think its what athletes call being in the zone. Maybe same thing. Playing music is quite physcal, strangely enough...
Increased dopamine levels can improve coordination. Well, low dopamine levels can negatively impact coordination, to be exact.
YES. It's happened a few times for me with violin, but more with piano, and twice in the last few days.
Cocaine is the answer.
Lol. I think authorities would rightfully have an issue with that one.
Jeannette's charming post followed by Cotton's somewhat dubious one goes from the sublime to the ridiculous..
Roman has got it in one. https://bit.ly/2wIibRp
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