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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. Playing music should be as simple and natural as drawing a breath, yet most musicians are hindered by self-consciousness, apprehension, self-doubt, and stress.
Before we can truly express our inner self, we must first learn to be at peace and overcome the distractions that can make performance difficult. Kenny's remarkable work deals directly with these hindrances, and pre Playing music should be as simple and natural as drawing a breath, yet most musicians are hindered by self-consciousness, apprehension, self-doubt, and stress.
Kenny's remarkable work deals directly with these hindrances, and presents ways to let our natural creative powers flow freely with minimal stress and effort. Includes an inspiring CD of meditations designed to initiate positive thought. This book has become a favorite of many musicians who credit it with changing their lives! Many are so impressed that they buy copies for their musician friends as gifts.
Easy, effortless reading paperback. It was not written by a philosopher or an academic. Kenny Werner, is one of my favorite pianists I've ever had the pleasure of working with, and in my opinion one of the best pianists living on the planet.
Kenny teaches that 'The joy of practicing is concentration. The joy of playing is liberation. It also shows how to practice effectively, promoting real growth and how to play and perform free from fear and self-judgment. I highly recommend this book. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published November 1st by Alfred Music first published January More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 16, David Lafferty rated it it was amazing.
As a jazz pianist, this book was a paradigm changer. Kenny Werner goes beyond chops, theory, and fashion, and focuses on what music ultimately comes down to, spiritual communion. Miles and Monk get it. Neither of them were known for chops, but both forced you to stop and listen. This book explores among other things the necessity of great music making to be easy. Yes, easy! If it's difficult for you, you can't let go and create.
This doesn't preclude practice, it just looks at 'practice' diffe As a jazz pianist, this book was a paradigm changer. This doesn't preclude practice, it just looks at 'practice' differently. There is so much in this book that has changed my whole approach to performing and playing, but it's not limited to musicians. We can all benefit from Werner's insight in all of our endeavors. There are no wrong notes! View all 3 comments. Jun 08, Adina rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , music.
A must for Musicians, but also for writers , artists , dancers Actually, for anyone that has a passion in life. It's helped me more than anything , get out of the way of myself. That's an important lesson for anyone , not just musicians, to learn. Practice seems less overwhelming. It's brought back the joy I had forgotten I had for music in all the midst of self-abuse as many of us do. Dec 23, Dahn Jahn rated it it was amazing.
But alright, I should elaborate. It's now been a month or two since I read this book. I wanted to wait at least that amount of time to really make sure the feeling that filled me during reading would stay and would transform into what the book offers.
I will probably add updates later. First, some warnings and possible negatives. The writing style is very simple and quite unrefined whereas the messages sometimes might feel clouded in newagey mumbo-jumbo.
This book is not to be read b Lifechanging. This book is not to be read by anyone who is skeptic about its messages and wants to see whether they will be convinced. They won't be. Such person will see the book as a category:popular-self-help "every note is beautiful and - by the way - everyone is a master" hogwash and quite likely entirely miss the point s. Such opinion would be understandable, but wrong.
I will skip describing what the book does, others do that, and instead go through my thoughts on properly accessing the material. Meditation helps. The more familiar and experienced in meditation you are, the more you'll be able to truly understand the message.
A great help is that the books itself comes with four audio "exercises" -meditations. But as every idea that relies on deep and careful observing of one's thought patterns, this requires a regular practice. That's not to say you cannot simply read this book and get a lot from it. I know I did. The jam I had just after finishing it was like no other before.
Not the best in terms of my playing, but a surprisingly joyful one. This, for me, means roughly the following: 1. Do the exercises described in the book daily, as the first thing in the morning 2.
From time to time revisit the audio meditations 3. Re-read parts of the book, ideally a tiny piece a day 4. Reguarly practice good thought patterns - there are lots described in the book, e. Gradually transform the way you approach playing, music, and, well, everything. The purpose of the book is then not to inspire you to practice better, or to be happier, but, arguably, to completely rewire your brain.
The author even says that - you need some brainwashing, as in your brain needs some washing. Might sound scary, but when the process leads to an eternal bliss, who'd protest. I gotta go now, leaving for my soma holiday. By the way, if you think repeating "I am great. I am a master" is an attempt to affirm your own superiority, you're probably missing the point. View 1 comment.
Aug 16, Bill Gathen rated it liked it. An interesting approach focusing on releasing tension and preconceptions, but so much of it is focused around accepting your playing as masterful and "the most beautiful sound I've ever heard" that it could be mis-interpreted by players who haven't properly prepared as saying "all your mistakes are just as beautiful as the notes you intended to play", ergo there's no need to practice because everything's the same.
Book Summary: “Effortless Mastery”, Kenny Werner
Effortless Mastery is a book written by jazz pianist Kenny Werner , that deals with musical freedom for musicians. It comes with an audio CD containing four meditations. The book begins by chronicling Werner's musical education. He was a dysfunctional learner from an early age, which he credits to the school system and the "cultural wasteland" which he grew up in. He decided that classical piano was not for him, and switched to Berklee College of Music , because of its jazz program.
Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, Book & CD
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