Total Sensory Immersion

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Are we all blind, unfeeling and without emotion?

Of course not!

Why then do a lot of musicians only use their hearing sense when practising? Yes, listening properly is VERY important. Make use of the other senses as well and you can make your music come alive, have more fun and learn things more quickly.


What can you see? Do you have music? What does it look like? In a performance take time to notice your surroundings.


Playing your instrument is NOT a purely mechanical process. What does your instrument feel like? Can you touch it in different ways? Where do you experience most pressure? Where is your touch the lightest? Is you instrument hot? Cold? Sticky? Soft?


Standing absolutely still may be the way you play. I’m guessing though that you actually move around a bit as you play. Notice what these movements are, embrace them and perhaps develop them. Without your instrument try moving and dancing with the music. How does it make you feel to move to the music? Which movements seem most appropriate?


How does your music make you feel inside? Think deeply about this. All the music you play should have some effect on you. If it does not affect you emotionally how can you expect your audience to experience any emotion? As you are doing this try to understand what it is about the music that makes you feel that way. Identify these things and you can do more of them to convey these feelings to your audience.

Taste & Smell

Are there any smells or tastes evoked by your playing?


Learn to listen in many ways. What does your playing sound like to the audience? How does your overall playing sound? What is the minute detail of that staccato note?

Spend some time to work through each of these senses. You may surprise yourself with new perspectives.

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