Effortless Mastery Paperback – 1996
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I imagine that this book could be a breakthrough read for many players who have either never persevered with their music through frustration or fear, or who feel they have reached an impasse and seek inspiration.
The book has a lot of repetitions, for what it takes to some people really realize what it is needed but personally sometimes it gets a little boring and goes into mentalization stuff that I'm not really interested, as also the CD does.
By reading a book about how to get your mind prepared before training or playing you have to realize what to do, what to think, where to concentrate and what to avoid. This is well analyzed and explained in depth.
In headline, if you want to learn something you have to focus on one tiny thing/idea and learn that in the higher level possible (mastery). You will need to train yourself (mind, hands, etc) as long as you can play this thing without any thinking, without any effort (effortless). You will then recall that in almost any time of your life and you will be always ready to go another right step forward.
It can be opened at any chapter (indeed any page)and instantly engage the reader.
I have found it to be an invaluable resource and many of my students have benefited from its store of practical advice and encouragement.
My enthusiasm for this book goes up and down.Does it really work ?I don't know but it's a pleasure trying to find out.The main message seems to be develop your technique and then allow your inner self/ subconscious to take over and this certainly fits with current theoies of neurology e.g. Deborah Bull- the dancing body
Reading it through once should be enough to whet your appetite and put you on the road to fulfilment.
This book offers a psychological method to overcome self-consciousness, and forget the self. What is important is that the music speaks. Kenny has produced a method and a CD, which I am finding very effective in helping me meet all those typical psychological blocking ploys that prevent me and so many other musicians produce the best we are capable of.
Don't throw your violin in the sea from frustration! Don't pass on paralysing habits to your pupils. Try reading Kenny's book, listening to his powerful CD, and gain insight as to how deal with these problems. You are not alone in struggling, and this method has a lot to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is deprecating, starting from a point of view that you have bad habits from the start. I'm afraid I threw my copy in the bin! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Michael Domnin
Excellent self help book for curing stage fright, but you have to work at it.Published 17 months ago by musicalbodger
Lots of useful stuff for the musician although I'm not really into the spiritual / self help book side of things.Published 18 months ago by tenorist_uk