ONLINE CLASS 01


BEN WENDEL MASTERCLASS SERIES
ALL MUSICIANS Q&A FORUM

QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR GETTING OVER PERFORMANCE ANXIETY AND BEING MORE PRESENT WHEN YOU PLAY? WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH TO THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL SIDE OF PLAYING?

 
 
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QUESTION: I FEEL LIKE MY PHONE, THE INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA, ETC. JUST SUCKS AWAY AT MY TIME, CREATIVITY AND PRACTICE. AT THE SAME TIME, IT FEELS LIKE THESE PLATFORMS ARE HERE TO STAY AND AN IMPORTANT PART OF BUILDING A CAREER. HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE WITH ALL OF IT?

 

QUESTION: CAN YOU SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF PLAYING FREELY WITH A PATTERN LIKE YOU MENTION IN THE PATTERNS SECTION?

 

QUESTION: CAN YOU SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF IMPROVISING WITH A SINGLE IDEA LIKE YOU MENTION IN THE IMPROV GAMES SECTION?


Here’s a little snippet of me playing around with the original four note shape from the single idea improv section. In this example, I’m basically creating new rules/limits for myself roughly at the top of each chorus. The focus keeps changing depending on what I’m doing with the shape – sometimes I’m thinking more about rhythm and meter groupings, other times transposition, but the whole time I’m trying to somehow stay connected to the original four note shape. Although this excerpt is two minutes long, I’ll usually do this for a lot longer and keep trying different approaches — pushing myself to see how far I can go moving the shape around without a predetermined plan.

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