With these simple suggestions I want to share an attitude that can make you progress faster. Please note that this method works well also for non musicians. Even business leaders and pizza dudes/dudettes will improve!
- Play together with musicians that are more experienced and better than yourself.
- Accept difficult tasks and fulfill them! Concerts, recordings, compositions…
- Never believe that you have no inspiration! Inspiration is always there inside you. Just shut up and go find it!
- Alternate between playing different instruments.
- When you play with others, do not play what they play. Find the “holes” where you can fit something else in.
- Apply “questions and answers” attitude to your playing and composing. For example, when playing funky, do not play every note but still THINK them all. Just leave some out sonically, on your physical instrument, while you keep the groove within going.
- When playing, do not focus your listening on your own instrument but on everything around it. Ice hockey coaches call this “split vision”.
- When playing, do not concentrate only on the present moment. Try listening to the music that happens ten seconds into the future!
- Do not play your instrument – play your music!
These nine tricks have worked well for me and that’s why I’m sharing them here. What are your expriences?
Livelooping is enormously fun – You can do it too!
Livelooping is about creating, juggling with and reworking loops to create complex music on-the-fly, normally without using prerecorded material. This is not the same as the static loops typically heard in the background of some contemporary music. Livelooping is more like standing by the edge of a huge canyon and sing back to your own echo. Then you take it one step further by catching the echoes and rework them to create a building of music. While doing that you stay on top of the roof and keep on playing to create new material for the next floor. The building grows, changes, falls apart and grows back into different directions…
In order to start livelooping
you need at least one loop based real-time sampler, or software loopers in a computer. By controlling recording, looping and editing with your feet you will keep your hands free to play instruments that provide the raw sound material for looping.
A new way of listening
For an audience a livelooping concert can be an incredibly inspiring experience. You are not presented a finished artwork that is locked into its composed form. Instead, you are able to follow in detail how each musician is adding his parts to the music – note after note, loop after loop. It is like an instantly evolving ritual of magic that never repeats itself.
I think livelooping can bridge the gap between composer, director, DJ, musician and remix artist. It is a true crossover technique and a meta instrument that can ultimately free your creativity!
Comparison chart of looping tools