Henry II wrote:DSOP wrote:Henry II wrote:Interesting that Dave talks about time being best mastered with the mind, and, in the Robert Frip thread he catagorizes different types of musicians by where their sense of time comes from: the body, heart or mind.
I was thinking the exact same thing.
I'd really like to read DiCenso's and Frip's explanation of what keeping time in the mind is as a practical matter. I'm not exactly sure what it means. I don't think I could keep good time without some physical reference, even if it's just nodding my head or my breathing rate. If I try to think about keeping time only in my mind, I still find myself thinking of some physical motion as a reference, even if I'm just singing the beat in my mind.
A couple of weeks ago I was trying out the Vinnie solo from Against the Clock. The 5's in that solo have always mystified me the way their broken up. Then I realized if stopped thinking about the drumming and just felt them, I realized I was listening to the resolution of the keyboard and not even thinking about what I was playing. I started to execute those passages. I have no idea if that's what DiCenso meant, but it sort of opened some new doors to me in how I play ... I feel more courageous to stretch more because I'm not thinking about subdividing what I'm playing, but in my head I guess I'm multi-tasking ... feeling my playing while keeping time in my head listening to something else.