Hierarchy. Priority. Call it what you want, but when it comes down to my New Year’s game plans of modifying my performance show, developing new and improved methods of teaching, or scouting out new regions to play, my touchdown is still all about the music.
The root of it all remains the awareness of how everything can all fall apart if I don’t continue to enjoy playing my instruments. For that simple reason, expanding my platform of genres, adding to my palette of techniques, and increasing as well as maintaining) my existing repertoire are major goals of importance.
I have never understood how some folks can efficiently multi-task and enjoy themselves during the process, when it seems to me that the point of focus becomes diluted, or how some individuals can read more than one book simultaneously.
Now, having given this some thought, I wondered how my mind operates when I work on a batch of new tunes simultaneously. I arrived at one word – sequential (as opposed to simultaneous). In other words, I seem to have developed an ability to work on a series of tunes either in my existing repertoire or new ones by simply compartmentalizing each piece as I navigate through – checking for fingerings and nuances.
I am under the current assumption (they do seem to change over time) that working simultaneously or multi-tasking is an entirely different approach than compartmentalizing and working sequentially. Maybe it’s time I Google “brain function” so I know what I’m talking about!
Richard Gilewitz fascinates listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns too unbelievable not to be true. This veteran performer entertains with a playing style laced with sounds of folk, traditional, blues, Americana, and classical – exploring a history of fingerstyle guitar while topping off songs with tales of the road. His selections and performances preserve the legacy of guitar music as he shares his experiences during performances and workshops. Three decades of well-honed technique and years of worldwide touring have created a signature sound that has been captured on audio, video, and live as Richard’s music rings out long after the show is over.