Its has been a while since my last blog entry - nearly 6 months - wow. In my last blob entry I was writting about some health problems and as a result my plan slow things down. So what happened since then ? Actually a lot
My health problems ( unfortunatly with hands ) have forced me to think about several things and priorities in playing and in life. I have used this time now to change a few things based on this situation. I had a similar problem many years ago which forced me to dramaticly change my musical life. At that time I was a professional pianist and on the way to become pretty successful. There I needed to stop playing piano but it was possible to play guitar and so I changed my main instrument and became a guitarist - but looking back honestly I know that I wanted to do this changment and so it came. But I needed that injury at that time to really go the new way - the same as now. Already last year I noticed that I wanted to change something now the changments have taken place.
I considered myself always as a live musician since I am this kind of player who can boost energie and abilities in a live situation. Through my online work and all my obligations I did not have the time and motivation to pursue liveplaying so much anymore. But now is the time to go out and play again - I dont know how long my hands still can play ( nobody knows what it is ) - but at the moment I still can play but I needed to change my perception of music and what I want to play and how. Here are my findings :
1. Touch Technique : I think the time of expanded touch technique concerts is over. I still can play it but this technique is really hard to play and brings a lot of physical stress to the angles of the fingers and needs a lot of practice time with only little abilities of improvisation and creativity on stage.
2. Normal Playing : Because of the touch technique I stoped to pracitce normal playing techniques. But I was pretty good in it when I practiced it and I can do it with very little effort - so I am coming back with this. Takes some time of course till the really high levels can be reached - but I am on the way
3. Piano playing - I used to be a very good piano player. ( this is what people always said to me ) and I own http://www.pianist.ch. I am giving more energy to piano playing and live performances.
4. Performing - since Touch Technique not my main feature anymore I am forced to start to play with other musician. The first main changment is that in my main concert program " FARBMUSIK " I no longer do concerts solo anymore. I started to work with Tatjana Nikic. http://www.tatjananikic.com - she is a great concert pianist from Croatia and she started to play the piano parts of my compositions and I do the " normal " guitarparts. A first full concert took place on oct 15th and it was a success. People loved the new performance style of " FARBMUSIK " and there is a discussion to get in more musicians. percussion first. A concert with 2 piano's in the Jecklin Forum in Zürich on jan 14th 2012 is on the way. An additional feature in FARBMUSIK - http://www.music-pic.../colormusic.php
My teaching work is going on but I change my online teaching style a bit and I noticed that my lessons at http://www.guitartricks.com have become pretty popular. Since the changment 6 months ago I get far more possitive feedbacks, more downloads of my guitarmusic and I am totally booked out with private online and live students. They come from far away now to have private lessons but I did not do any advertisment, it is just happening. I still only take a limited number of students but I am now taking 15 per week and they love it.
Jamsessions : As a great additional feature we started with regular jamsessions on oct 22th from a central studio in Egg. Everybody who loves blues and jamming can come there and play in a really wonderful room and surrounding. As a extra highlight all jamsessions will be broadcasted live into the internet. The live videostream can be watched at the named date and time ( Zürich - Time ) at http://www.gitarrenf...?showtopic=2414
My main goal now is to become that live musician with FARBMUSIK which I always was again and I will take any effort to go back there with the new situation. I enjoy the work with my students and I will keep it up because the feedbacks and energy I get from all my students around the world is just great.
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