In yesterday’s email, I talked about the ‘head’ and memory, but today I want to talk about the ‘heart’.
One of my all-time favourite quotes about guitar playing is from the classical great Andrés Segovia.
“Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.”
I love that quote so much.
I like to play guitar in the classical position and there are many technical benefits to playing this way.
…But one benefit of this position is that the guitar is connected to my heart.
The guitar and the heart are touching, and the heartbeat can be like a metronome for the music.
…Pulsing in time with the music and resonating down the strings.
Yeah, it’s a little philosophical and I don’t think anyone can or needs to say much more than Segovia so eloquently did.
…But it’s worth stopping for a moment every now and then and thinking about such things.
…So much of music comes from the heart.
Yeah, we need our head to make sense of it all, to learn the parts and process the information, but after a while, you want to let your mind relax and open your heart up to the music.
Because when you do, you will play music with more passion and more joy.
The dynamics of your loud notes will thunder.
…And the sound of your quiet notes will whisper.
The music will flow like a beautiful river.
It’s an exciting way of playing for sure.
It’s something we all should aim to be able to do.
So today, and every day going forward, I urge you to pick up and…
Play one piece of music from the heart with as much emotion and passion as you can.
There are not many better feelings in the world than this.
P.S. I know it’s easier said than done to play like this, but I hope this email got you excited to play. If you don’t quite yet have the technical proficiency to play with this sort of freedom, you will get there – keep going. If you need more help with reaching this level of technical proficiency, you may want to check this out below.
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