Thinking without language?
lvm at leland.Stanford.EDU
Wed Nov 24 10:45:17 EST 1999
Sebastian Diel wrote:
> > When improvising, do you ever surprise yourself?
> Absolutely. How should I know what I feel before I hear what I play? ;)
> I can distinguish two modes in my improvising:
> 1.) Closing my eyes letting it flow (I can actually read the newspaper
> while doing this, then of course with eyes opened again :)) I associate
> this with right brain hemisphere.
> 2.) Looking at the harmonic structure while thinking very conciously of
> what scales or patterns I can play over it. I associate this with left
> brain hemisphere.
> 1.) sounds better, is lively and 'real', I could watch TV or read
> newspaper meanwhile. 2.) sounds more mechanically but helps you to
> evolve your variability. My aim is to narrow the gap between both
> worlds. To let the flow come out of my heart but still be able to get a
> few left-brain ideas into the sound. But it is not easy to switch
> between, let alone to combine these 'modes'.
Yeah, I also read newspapers or books while improvising. But I seem to
combine your two modes somehow - part of the process is very right-brain
spontaneous, but part of it is quite analytical and controlled.
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