Additional thoughtsOctober 23rd, 2017
An important part of this strategy is to focus on developing the engine of good technique.
This means developing an energy-based technique as opposed to a tone-based technique.
What is the difference between the two?
An energy-based technique focuses on producing energy, the kind of energy you hear in the great virtuosos like John Williams or Paco de Lucia.
When they play, it’s the energy in their playing that makes them so forceful, so compelling.
Tone is the facade that you put on this energy.
But without the energy, all that pretty tone is just so much blandness. Like a pretty face without much depth.
Why is this important to establish?
Because unlike tone, energy-based technique is not easy to develop.
It requires so many things to be perfectly in place.
First, you’ll have to find that sweet spot that will give your hands and fingers optimal positioning.
Then your finger movements have to be finely tuned to follow the natural flows of energy in your body.
And finally you’ll have to internalize all the little tricks that will enable you to produce speed and power effortlessly.
All this can be very hard to achieve if you were to try to micromanage every detail of your technique.
But it’s relatively easy to achieve if you were to simply allow your body to teach itself.
Which is why an essential part of this strategy is not to interfere too much with the inner workings of your hands and fingers.
Don’t try to dictate to your fingers how they can move or not move.
Don’t try to force your hands into any preconceived positions.
Let your body find what works best for it.
And you’ll be amazed at what it can do.
Once you’ve discovered your body’s natural virtuosity and developed that energy-based technique, adding the tone facade is relatively easy.
All you have to do is hear the tone you want in your head and your fingers will be able to produce it.
Maybe not immediately, but when you have that control in your fingers, you will find that they will be able to produce any sound you want with a little practice.