Movement Quality = Performance Quality
October 12, 2011
Sound emanates from the movement of air. Approaching music-making from this same perspective, movement, offers solutions to the playing obstacles we encounter.
When the musician’s movements are free and fluid, the music will embody these same qualities. In music-making, they translate into expression and facility. In your next practice session ask yourself, “What are the movements I need to play/sing this?” The answer to this simple question is not a complex mathematical equation, it is simply movement which agrees with the body’s anatomical design. Moving according to design allows elegant and expressive coordination, which is the ideal quality of movement for music-making.
Barbara Conable’s ground-breaking resource, What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (GIA), along with companion books authored for specific instruments offer musicians the information to reclaim natural free movement for music-making and life.
I invite you to allow movement to be the foundation to your music-making. Movement provides the solution to playing obstacles, physical discomforts along with access to expressive freedom.