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Re: GG: The centipede and things that can impede...
I have a similar story of my own from my low brass playing
experience (I am also a pianist and frankly have not kept up
my low brass playing as well as I should have). When I was
in the midst of my most intensive study, around age 19 or
20, I was really analyzing every aspect of attack, sustain
and release to the smallest detail. And I found that even
though my playing was in good form and constantly improving,
I began to experience an occasional inability to produce a
sound at all, particularly in the low range. I would
breathe and prepare the attack in the usual way, but at the
moment of attack every muscle from my throat down would lock
up and there would be a lot of air in there not going
anywhere. (Fortunately, this only happened when playing
alone.) It was a most unpleasant experience. So I
definitely agree with the centipede analogy, and that goes
for keyboard playing too. Too much thinking is just not
good for you. Or as Bill Hurt said in the Big Chill,
sometimes you just have to let art flow over you.
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Subject: GG: The centipede and things that can impede...
Author: "Joseph Podlesnik" <firstname.lastname@example.org> at Internet
Date: 11/7/96 3:07 PM
Regarding centipedal topic:
Interesting that you're using it in your paper. Yes, Gould got the idea from
Arnold Shoenberg. Gould would use it anytime a reporter's question was too
"centipedaL." Funny thing, I read somewhere that James Dean, the American
actor, dropped out of Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio because he felt the
workshop was too self-analytical.