How One Note Can Change Your Ears and Spark Your Creativity (Premium)
Can one note really change your ears and improve your creativity? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. But let me explain…A few years ago I took a lesson with the great trumpet player, improviser and composer Ingrid Jensen. As I hopped on the the N train and headed to the lesson I looked over my practice materials and began to wonder what we might cover. However once I arrived, I found that my wandering mind was completely off.
Instead of the usual warm-ups I expected, she turned on a drone machine – a little black box that emitted a single constant tone, and started to play on top of it.
For the next 10 minutes, we focused on several different exercises along with this background tone – long tones, scales, trumpet etudes, and intervals.
Surprisingly these familiar exercises that I had done hundreds of times before were transformed into something different with the accompaniment of the drone. The effect even changed the way I approached chords and tunes in my practice years later.
She later explained that she often uses a drone machine ...
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