Monday, April 11, 2011

Tim Price Bloggin' For Rico- Cape May wrap-up, Divine Matrix and let the drones begin.

Cape May was a groove a usual- great festival with a nice weather based weekend.Add the sax workshop I did, and the jams at Carneys and it all adds up to a fantastic festival.

A blog ago, when I spoke about Ernie Watts hangin' at my home and loving my drone machine I had called a RAGINNI- a few people asked me where/etc to get them and lots of other questions. Below is where I got mine in NYC, and a nice you tube of the machine in action. I run an external speaker- to add a tad volume then use a LINE 6 pedal to loop a line to blow over via the drone. It is infinite in how you can use your imagination on this. Using your ear , YOU “MUST” LEARN TO USE YOUR EARS. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY GOOD IMPROVISATION, YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT MUSIC IS BASED ON SOUND, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO USE YOUR EARS BECAUSE MUSIC IS INSIDE US.

Think about it, true improvising has a completely different dimension to it. That element is “spontaneity”. This means that you are forced to create music right on the spot, without having any time to prepare anything in advance. Obviously, this kind of playing is challenging, both from the mental and physical standpoint. It is more challenging from the mental standpoint because you are forced to come up with cohesive musical ideas right as you are playing, without having any time to analyze which phrases will flow well together.

When I was studying with Charlie Mariano at Berklee we got into Indian scales in imrov, the musical scale is said to have evolved from 3 notes to a scale of 7 primary notes, on the basis of 22 intervals. A scale is divided into 22 intervals, and these are the basis of the musical notes. The 7 notes of the scale are known to musicians as Sa - Re - Ga - Ma - Pa - Dha - Ni - sa, A Saptak is a group of 7 notes, divided by the intervals as follows ...

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa.... The other 5 notes can change their positions in the interval, leading to different raga'. This works nice when playing more open improvising, and opening up things.

ENJOY! Hope this helps. Here's where I bought my machine;

Ditto- on the book Ernie Watts spoke of.We speak of how the universe works a lot for us as musicians- the why and how. It's all connected and important to try to understand why things are lining up in a cool way.
I'm really enjoying it as a start to understanding more about why and how things connect. Some aspects of where I am at with it are below.

"Discovering the Divine Matrix: The Mystery That Connects All Things,"

I was delighted to be uplifted by his blend of personal story telling and how the latest findings in the quantum science world contribute to his own personal self-realizations. The Divine Matrix is an "educated hypothesis" co-related to his life experience, based on some key scientific experiments and findings from sacred manuscripts, rather than a pure work of science.

Yes - the Divine Matrix includes 20 Keys summarizing the more important concepts of the Divine Matrix and how to consciously create within it. For me, we are One Being; Many Realities, rather than Many Beings; One Reality.

Overall, I found the Divine Matrix a delight and easy to read. I recommend it to those who might be familiar with the general gist of the findings from the Quantum World, and might be wondering, what difference does this really make to our daily lives. For me, it's his personal stories that provide the enrichment.

The phrase I coined is "we are or become what we dwell upon". Never more is this phrase made more apparent than in this book. Enjoy the journey reading it.

Next Wednesday April 20th at the New School University in NYC I am doing a free saxophone workshop. Email me for directions/times etc at We will be delving into quite a lot. Things like reed adjustment using the " Reed Geek", the effects of Don Byas in teaching saxophone, doubling instruments in a creative way and internalization of sound and mind set in a positive manner. It's a mid-day even and free to all.If I have time-I talk-demo work on developing your phrasing. I am often asked about scales used to solo over chord progressions in order to sound more creative and more original. My response is usually to shift focus more on developing your phrasing rather than simply learning new scales. Learning new scales only will produce limited results because THE WAY you play has not really changed. Improving your phrasing deals more with the actual element of HOW to play the notes rather than "what" notes to play. When it comes to phrasing, remember that it is all about the little nuances that can make ALL the difference. You can take 10 great sax improvisers and give them the same lick and chances are they will each make it sound a bit different using the nuances of phrasing when they play it. Learning new scales can make some difference of course, but when it comes to making your style more original and creative, improving your phrasing will make a much greater difference than simply learning 10 new scales. There are many approaches you can take to practicing phrasing. You can begin by developing all the different nuances and using different combinations of them when you play your phrases.

Hit me up for more details.

SO- That's it for now- keep the music going and thank you for reading this blog.

~ Tim Price

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