Book of the day #9: This is a Voice

IMG_0614We all have a voice. We use it every day to communicate ourselves, to get things done, to leave our mark upon the world. Because it is just that: uniquely ours. Every single voice is the unique expression of that individual soul, and because of that it is very personal to us.

So… Why not learn how to use it properly?

This book details, through 99 separate exercises, how to effectively understand and utilise your voice’s capacity for full expression, in a variety of contexts. Whether you’re a singer, an actor, a corporate exec, or just someone looking to sound more powerful, this book has got you covered.

In a day an age where we use our voices almost excessively throughout the day, it has never been more beneficial to learn how to use it effectively.


-Ben

Watch out for the last book of the day! If you liked this, check out the last book recommendation.

Practice is Muscle Memory.

Music is muscle memory. Singing is muscle memory. Playing the guitar is muscle memory. Anybody who has played an instrument for a while knows that when you practice a piece of music slowly and correctly, you are gaining the ability to reproduce this music correctly.
Once you can reproduce something correctly, you can now speed it up, slow it down, change it, whatever: because the fundamental structure is now a part of you, and you have full control over it’s reproduction.

An easy mistake it is to confuse speed with correctness. Most people when they tend to practice will do something fast, with much effort, and seemingly complete it. However it only takes a simple test in action, or someone with an intuitive understanding of the true principles to watch this practice come crashing down. Like a skyscraper, if you have not carefully laid the foundations meticulously and consciously, then the rest is going to suffer all the more for it.

This applies to any practice: Martial arts, Movement, IT, anything.

Something to ponder in your own life: Where in your life is your integrity suffering because of shaky foundations? And what could you do consciously, and meticulously to fix this?

  • When it comes to the foundations: Principles and then Details are key.

-Ben

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The Benefits of Collaborating with other Artists

To collaborate with people is sometimes quite a scary prospect. One is revealed in all of their glory and their downfalls. Yet this is why it is such a valuable process.

The process of a shared practice gives you the opportunity to emotionally involve yourself in your growth. You become motivated to be better, and you grow (simply by the process of assimilation).

EVEN if you are a guitar player, for instance,  jamming with a piano player: You will learn about the piano players process, musical knowledge, repertoire, strengths, shortcomings, the list goes on… This knowledge that you have gathered through shared practice is actionable and invaluable to you a person, and as an artist. This analogy is applies to every walk of life.

Just make sure that you are either doing this in your leisure time, OR that it is directly contributing to your primary goal/purpose. Otherwise you may find yourself learning about the bassoon while you’re trying to get your rock album down… that could be a waste of time.

Be willing to suck. You won’t suck for long.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” —Henry Ford

Also… couldn’t leave this out:

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton


-Ben

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Photography by Pok Rie

Broke Neck Blues

Hey guys!

First piece of music up on my Soundcloud. For a LONG time I’ve been meaning to post something, but it hadn’t been the right time… until now.  So without further a do, here are some Blues for your Friday.

Sat down yesterday to work on a couple of songs that I am recording, and in my break blues just started to pour out of me, here is the half-written/half-improvised result.

Take a look!

Much more coming very soon,

Bless,

Ben


P.S. On a completely unrelated note: Here’s a nice quote that I stumbled upon:

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu