Unique Tone

February 05, 2017

The most important thing a performer needs to develop is his own unique tone. Everyone has a different hand size/shape, finger size/shape, emotional perspective, intellectual opinion, interpretive quality, environmental regard, and so many other aspects of the personality that are unique to the player as an individual alone in which combination of aspects there are no duplicates. As the player develops his own personal style, he learns to express himself in such a way that his performance becomes individual and completely different from that of the rest of the world.When we are able to focus on our goals and ideas, and the end-product of what we attain in order to create a unique work of art, regardless of the medium be it music or painting or acting for example,  and we are able to keep our eye on the light at the end of the tunnel, we work towards success in our undertakings and therefore become able to achieve our true goals. The predominant goal, as an artist, is for you to find your unique perspective and means of expressing the way that you, as an individual, regard the world and your environment. No one sees it as you do. We are all at differing points of the sphere of life, and absolutely no one has the same exact perspective on the world as you do from where you are standing. Therefore, as an artist, it is your responsibility to show others in the world that you see things in a different way then they do, and let them enjoy a different point of perspective that they might otherwise be unable to see.

Experiment with the position of your right hand. Playing closer to the bridge creates a brassier sound, and placing the right hand directly over the soundhole creates a full and rich sound. placing the right hand fingers closer to the actual frets has a more distant quality of sound, and so forth. There are infinite possibilities in the creation of the sound produced by the right hand. You must experiment with the right hand in order to find the exact tone and consequently the expression of your unique interpretation for each note, each chord, each phrase, each body of the piece as a whole. When you find the right sound being produced by the right hand, do not change it in the future. We as artists sometimes do not realize when it is time to rest an artistic decision and make it final, as we tend to be very self-critical and always striving to improve. Know when your work has reached its ultimate maturity and then discontinue to improve and change it when it becomes acceptable to you. Do not enlist the opinion of your audiences. You cannot be on both sides of the mirror at the same time. Produce, and refrain from perceiving what you are sending out. Keep yourself centered and focused, and try to create without listening to yourself. Leave the listening to your audience. Your job is to create and produce the sound that is received by your audience.

Dynamics are also important. There were no dynamic markings in the manuscripts of earlier days, where much of the music that is now played on the guitar was actually written for other instruments such as the lute, the violin, the cello, and etcetera. The earlier musicians were given complete freedom and free reign over the dynamics that they implemented into their performances. If you do not completely  and entirely agree with dynamic markings that you find in your manuscripts, then adjust them to fit your own opinion. You are the artist, you are the performer, you have your unique perspective on the world. Use it. This is critical to your success and in learning to express yourself as an artist.

More to Come.

Thank You for reading to the end,

Lena

February 05, 2017

 

 

 




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