How does the word languish factor into a musical scale, other than the alliterative letter ‘L’ beginning both words? Well there is the time I spent putting this together. Hoping for a useful result.
So I imagined a person alone lying on on a guitar fret board somewhere with an arm outstretched to a stormy sky yearning for…
Some traction in gaining some useful working knowledge of the guitar.
I imagine many experience a struggle in that effort. That might feel like one is toiling and not making much if any progress.
Even after many years of playing I have sometimes felt that way.
Results might not even be seen or seem relevant to the end one imagines the effort should be leading to.
Nevertheless lessons continue to present themselves.
Lydian wants to exclaim “learn about me, I am interesting and worth knowing”
But wait there’s more !?
But we might rather right now be, watching TV, trying to get to sleep, looking at alternative art on Pinterest, reading comic books, drawing, rearranging the furniture, anything but advancing guitar playing ability, the audacity!
However to get to another level as a musician we have to approach our efforts dilligently.
A claim of being this or that, of going to do this or that, will make no difference until the this or that is actually done!
Despite compulsions, the weather, various obligations all around. We can usually choose to do what we want, we just might need to focus our intention into attention.
That seems simple enough, so how can we stimulate momentum in the direction of our goals?
Answers but the questions still remain
Some questions might help.
(Why) am I working at this? ( I put why in parenthesis because, I think most times it is not needed to ask a question.
And ‘am I ?’ suggests that we have more control or capability in the equation than we give ourselves credit for)
So my answer to ‘am I working at this?’ is:
Here is an opportunity to grow as a musician, to further develop skills that I want to share.
I want to take music seriously and to share my enjoyment of the creative process.
Which in my case, is a perpetual work in progress.
Is it enough to be creative without any reward or recognition?
YES. I would still be and am creative sans reward or recognition. I have to be to survive this existence.
AND. To create something and attempt to share it, with so many options available to do so these days.
NO. Recognition and reward are not my tasks as a creative.
That is someone else’s task to recognize or ignore, reward or refute. Though as I think of recognition and reward now, I realize that in fact:
the mind never stops making connections
re = again; cognition = to learn; is happening within and,
re= again; ward = to watch over (of germanic origin); it is rewarding in and of itself to produce something even if the only one enjoying the result is the one making the effort. But that is rarely the case. I believe we cannot undertake a creative task with out having the effort affect us and subsequently those with whom we interact in some particular way, regardless if the result produced is put on display or not.
However I didn’t get to this point in my existence without input from and acknowledging the efforts of others
SO. Creative output can and should be shared as best one can for any of the above to have an effect.
inciting insight invigorating innovation
What do I hope is going to come from this effort?
A blog post that incites insight and invigorates innovation.
An outlook, an approach, a take on life and the making of music that keeps it real and at the forefront of my life
What I offer to benefit myself and any one else that might find this then, is another video demonstrating how to use the sonique spiderweb with an emphasis on the Lydian mode as found within the Ionian in the key of A major. Languishing in the Lydian video link
While the obvious forward and across the fret board approach is all that is needed for a cursory understanding of the scale.
Should one be so inclined to develop it to another level I offer my take on the subject.
There are many ways to play scales on the guitar that are unique and instructive.
Which can advance ones musical vocabulary significantly.
These that I offer can of course be applied to other scales and modes, as knowledge of the fret board becomes increasingly innate or 2nd nature.
The options available to have scale study impart a unique aspect to ones musical vocabulary can thus always be improved upon.
There is truly a wealth of possibilities available in the so called ‘basics’ if one can make some time to for it!
There is a Turning the Lydian inside out.pdf of some of the scale studies I’m advocating, available here as I’ve recently got some new software that helps me to produce that. Hope it proves useful!