"The Present Moment" (was -playing in tune on diatonic)

In a message dated 2/26/04 11:14:19 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
gbrooks1@xxxxxxxxx writes:

> "He's so present in every
> note he plays."  To me, that is an ideal.  

It's the only way to fly.

>  I would like my ear to be trained well enough that I know at
> all times whether I am in the pocket or stretching the pitch in some way for
> tension or some other effect.  

I call this "Playing from intent rather than from habit".

Too many turn off their attachment to the present moment, play out of habit 
and allow their attention to wander. This can get you into trouble, i.e. waking 
up to the present moment in a song 
notknowingwheretheheckyouareintheprogression, losing the thread of a note-for-notememorizedsolo and fallingintotheabyss, 
and other interesting experiences.

The Iceman

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