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Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew Yang. Free Play doesn’t deal directly with music practice, but it is nevertheless an important book for anyone interested in music (or other arts, or life).

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Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Improvisation in Life and Artby Stephen Nachmanovich. I strongly believe that improvisation benefits practice.

To me, improvising is an essential musical skill, one possessed by musical greats Hussain, Bach, Shankar, Beethoven, Duke, Mozart, etc.

Remember when you drew letters over and over as a young child, taking great care or not with the shapes? Now imagine that despite all that practice time forming letters and sounding out words, that you never nacnmanovitch spoke extemporaneously.

Nachmanlvitch Play is a great introduction to what improvisation is and how it can work. The book is chock-a-block with illustrations and anecdotes including a talking tennis balland draws from spiritual traditions including Christianity, Sufism, Shamanism, and Zen.

Freeplay with Stephen Nachmanovitch

Some of the questions explored are:. He covers archetypes like the Fool, the Trickster, the Child and the state of samadhi, when one is ultimately absorbed that the self dissolves into the infinite. Heavy stuff, but handled in a deft and interesting way. This is the strongest section of the book, in my opinion and includes an eponymous chapter on practice. Also incredibly valuable is his exploration of the power of limits and mistakes.


The chapter Playing Together is really about improvising together, and is also worthwhile.

This section is about the ways in which the inherent creative impulse we have as nahcmanovitch gets buried by living in the world, by criticism, by judgment, addictions and not just to ingested substances but to ways nqchmanovitch thought as well. This is balanced nicely with ways of overcoming some of these challenges, including surrender, patience, perseverance and other useful nachamnovitch. This shortest section of the book explores what it can be like to create with freedom and how this can benefit not only the individual, but everyone and everything.

The book ends with a celebration of the difficulty of the process and the joy of knowing that through struggle with issues and with ourselves, we can achieve breakthroughs that take us to a higher level of understanding and humanity. This is a book I highly recommend, especially for those curious about or fearful of improvisation.

Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich – The Practice of Practice

Two years ago, Northwestern University held a series of talks on musical improvisation and we heard from, and played with prominent thinkers in music improvisation including Pauline OliverosEd SarathVictor Goinesand Stephen Nachmanovich. I invited Nachmanovich to nahcmanovitch play with a free improvisation group I started—named Meh!


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Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch

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