Trying to quit smoking (again) and now I have insomnia ...Oh, I'll bet you do. I mean, even when I need to trim the ugly shrub in front of my house I visualize how I'm going to go about it. It's imagination, you know. Musicians are imaginative people.
You don't visualize your drum kit, sitting down and playing it? You don't visualize a piece of gear you need and how it will improve your setup? You never visualize your next gig? Heck yeah you do, all of us do.
All creative people visualize, anyway that's what I think.
Good one, Groove. That's the word I was looking for!Groovemaster Flex said:Do you have synesthesia?
As I said, visualisation is something I've not done much. Not sure how my parts happens. It seems to be a combination of instinct, approaches I've heard before and compromises through my technical limitations.Aeolian said:If you cannot imagine it, how are you going to do it?
Haha ... I sat on the floor tapping a pair of bongos with plastic Meccano strips. A metal ashtray on a stand was my cymbal. I did that for a year before getting my first kit. I found it pretty easy to play my first basic beats on the kit. They're just weird practice pads, I guess.MikeM said:I used a pair of wooden practice pads for my hats/snare/toms/cymbals, and a frisbee on the floor for my foot to tap on.
Do you have synesthesia? That's really cool, one of my buddies imagines colours when he's improvising on the piano. He paints a picture with the notes he plays, it seems like a cool concept.As a composer this is pretty much the essence of how I go about it. Over the years I've developed a sort of array of shapes and colors that in some abstract way represent the music I like and want to write.
When I sit at the piano I have no specific idea in mind, I just sort of "look" at all the shapes and colors that move around in my head and it's almost like I'm fishing, like I'm casting my line in the hopes of catching a big one.
Music is very visual to me, always has been. Certain songs create different colors in my head. "This is an orange song, this one is yellow, this one is deep crimson."
Drumming, to me, is the same thing. I have a pallet of colors available to me, that's how I think of it. "Okay, let's mix some Prussian Blue with a little Venetian Red."
Yes, I also visualize myself playing, I even dream about it. "Mental drumming." I guess all musicians do that, no?
Oh, I'll bet you do. I mean, even when I need to trim the ugly shrub in front of my house I visualize how I'm going to go about it. It's imagination, you know. Musicians are imaginative people.After thinking about it, I definitely don't "visualize" anything about drumming.
Sometimes I try to imagine - really vividly - playing parts of songs exactly right. How would it look? How would it feel in my arms and hands? What would the sound be like? Find it hard to concentrate that deeply, though. Is that what you mean?That is a great thing, the visualation...I can't say I do it drumming verbatim, but I like to think of things in terms of desired outcome. I agree that mental practice is almost as good as the real thing.
BTW Pol, I failed to thank you for validating me. You're the only one who did, please forgive my tardiness. Thanks girl!