Jes Raymond

& The Blackberry Bushes

The Art Of Practice Part 3

The Art of Practice - Consistency, Consciousness, Curiosity, Community

Okay, we are on to the next in our series. What is this curiosity you speak of? Hmmm?

Curiosity -

I am going to keep this short and sweet so that we can get on to the practice we are trying to make happen. You have to cultivate curiosity. (Ahh! The alliteration just won't stop!) But seriously, this one is often elusive. The more you strive for mastery, the deeper your curiosity about your practice must become.

For small children, Twinkle Twinkle is fascinating and fun. If you spend enough time with these basic songs as a child, you build a foundation on which to build more complex practice. I see alot of adult learners struggling to execute more complex ideas without the foundation. You have to work on a focused curiosity about the simplest aspects of your practice. You have to be joyful and learn to delight in the discovery. Singers need to be curious about how they speak and learn to observe themselves making sound. Curiosity keeps us light hearted and without judgement, which is important in laying down foundations without tension.

So be curious! Find the holes in your foundation and build them up with joy and patience! Practice is a long term adventure!