July 1, 2012

Song: The Traveller. Collecting Masks. Unrepeatable.

A longer improvisation. Strange notes and chords, occasionally tried to experiment with different picking styles and full chord vibrato. Odd contrasts. Spontaneous key changes. Consistently inconsistent, and at times, challenging to the ear.

I remember reading or hearing somewhere that playing one “off” note doesn’t ruin your song: It depends on the note you play after your sour note that will determine whether the first note sounds good or not.

Philip Toshio Sudo, in his excellent and unique book, “Zen Guitar”, says:

After hitting a wrong note accidentally, play the same note again like you really mean it. Accidents can hold the key to innovation. When things fall apart, make art.

Hearing about these two ideas and trying to put them into practice has really helped me to go deeper into creativity and enjoy playing more.

Nacho del Sol

I'm Nigel. A wandering minstrel at heart. Playing for other wandering souls. Love full sun. Been known to indulge in sonic experiments. If I ever fake my own death, I will flee to Costa Rica and re-name myself Nacho del Sol. I will travel only by donkey and befriend all the locals.

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