Mastering your expression leads you to enjoyment, all the more spontaneous as it results from a relaxation, rather than from a physical strike : letting this internal opening spread downwards fosters your feelings, enhancing your self-confidence and ensuring your sound quality. George Kochevitsky analyzes in his Art Of Piano Playing the linking between the muscles synchronization and the quality of the musical output.
That being understood, you quietly settle your internal configuration, then you, as a wind player (but not blowing !), drive your instrument to your mouth : at the same time, capturing your diaphragm positioning at the very end of your natural inhaling, you let that sensation flow backwards, starting or keeping your stable vibrating on your exhaling. You end up sitting on the sound propagating through the ground, then in the surrounding space – as Alfred Tomatis shows it in The Ear And The Voice. Your absolute non-pushing, combined with the vertical sensation generated from your Hara, lets your vibration spread from your heels, in the same fashion as does Dominique Hoppenot‘s Inner Violin.
Your thinking drives your will for sure, but your will may cancel your desire and you cannot reach your balance without desire, you cannot succeed without enjoyment.
Yes, these are only sentences, but they depict the real life, it’s as simple as the art of being yourself, however you should not think in order to be yourself, this is the reason why we say that you should be self-confident.
You should feel as an artist, and develop an expressive relaxation, in other words, as Mrs Hoppenot states it in “Le violon intérieur“, tonicity in relaxation.
(translated by Guy Robert)
You should feast yourself with music.
You should live your sound.
Life is in the guts.
You head should drop down in your shoulders, you should pack down, to make a HEAP of yourself !
The less energy spent on technical production, the more available for creativity.
Being as relaxed as possible in playing allows the creative mind as well as the emotions to more easily come forth.
David Liebman, Developing a Personal Saxophone Sound
Take more chances.
(…) the whole thing is about relaxation ; all of music for me is about relaxation : if you’re uptight when you’re playing, the music is uptight.
And if you’re totally in the zone where you’re just so cool, you’re having fun (…)
Eddie Daniels, in
The Music of Eddie Daniels, Eddie on Standards