Carnatic Sax, Mental Practice, and Amazing Drumming

Check out these Indian musicians (the sax playing starts around 13 minutes in, after the drum battle/conversation):

There is no movement without music. In some cultures there aren’t separate words for music and dance. Using the body to keep track, to groove, and to make better music is something all musicians do. The hand gestures you see in this video are one of the many ways Indian musicians manifest the music physically. Movement is also a great form of mental practice that great musicians in all traditions do away from the instrument. You should, too.

Here is some more Carnatic saxophone and bansuri (flute) playing:

I interviewed musicians from many musical traditions to learn about how they practice for the book The Practice of Practice. Learn more about how musicians in all traditions get better in the book.


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The Practice of PracticeBasic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music, by Jonathan HarnumSoundTheTrumpet2_Cover



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