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The Listening Book : Discovering Your Own Music - W.A. Mathieu

The Listening Book

Discovering Your Own Music

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Published: 15th November 2011
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The Listening Book is about rediscovering the power of listening as an instrument of self-discovery and personal transformation. By exploring our capacity for listening to sounds and for making music, we can awaken and release our full creative powers. Mathieu offers suggestions and encouragement on many aspects of music-making, and provides playful exercises to help readers appreciate the connection between sound, music, and everyday life.

"A wise and loving owner's manual for anybody who has ears. Mathieu offers a rare opportunity to re-discover a rich and often neglected channel that links our inner self with the world."--"Keyboard Magazine " "A practical and in-depth guide to the vastness of the mysticism of sound. It is also beautifully written. It is poetic, humorous, loving and confrontational--it is filled with the child's curiosity and it is filled with love for life--and it is contagious."--"The Sound " "In this collection of short, evocative essays, [Mathieu] offers playful and powerful suggestions for awakening to the music that is always around us and inside us. . . . His infectious passion for the melodies and rhythms of everyday life shimmers on every page."--"Yoga Journal " "In this age of the couch potato, squatting bug-eyed at the boob-tube, this is a book on behalf of the unregenerate ear-minded person's protest against the eye-minded majority. . . . Mathieu offers suggestions and encouragement on many aspects of music-making, and provides playful exercises to help readers appreciate the connection between sound, music, and everyday life."--"Spiritual Frontiers" ""The Listening Book "is a true gift for music-makers of any stripe, It offers us not only the insights of a master teacher and the instincts of a great musician, but it radiates with that wonderful quality of a man who wears his soul on his sleeve."--Paul Winter, composer and musician ""The Listening Book "is a remarkable and exciting work. An obvious labor of love, every page sings of the joys of life and music. Mathieu's observations and perceptions are insightful, incisive and often startling. This is a book that could change the way we view music, and which would be of benefit to everyone from the casual listener or performer to the professional musician."--David N. Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman, Jazz Department, Indiana University School of Music

Introductionp. xi
Listening
Chop Chop Phoooahp. 3
The Way the Eyes Are with the Earsp. 5
The Sound Horizonp. 6
Listening to Animalsp. 7
Symphonies of Placep. 9
Protect Your Earsp. 13
Preparing a Sound Spacep. 17
Focusingp. 19
Music at a Distancep. 20
Unlisteningp. 21
Listening to Peoplep. 24
The More You Listenp. 26
Twenty Sounds to Get Lost Inp. 27
Special Radio Trickp. 29
Easy-to-Miss Musicp. 31
Hand and Glovep. 33
Listening to Musicp. 34
Dreamed Musicp. 38
Listening to a Stringp. 39
Joining in
Resonancep. 43
Walkingp. 46
Singing with Machinesp. 49
Now Timep. 52
Life Drummerp. 55
Dinner Symphony at the Sillses'p. 59
Gibberishp. 61
Say Windp. 63
Chantingp. 66
Willing Silencep. 69
Practicing
Finding Your Own Musicp. 73
One Note after Anotherp. 75
Telephoning Countsp. 78
The Ace of Practicep. 80
Cosmic Practicep. 82
Ima Dorkp. 83
In Meterp. 85
Disabusable Notionsp. 88
The Best Excusesp. 90
Mistakesp. 92
Wandering Mindp. 93
No One Can Tell Youp. 94
What Should I Practice?p. 95
Technique and the Eraser Trickp. 97
Electronic Instrumentsp. 98
Deep Pantryp. 100
Lentus Celer Estp. 101
Namesp. 102
Chariot of Wordsp. 104
There's Not Much to Learn and It Takes Foreverp. 105
Dr. Overtone's Promisep. 106
Originalityp. 107
The Sound Connection
Finding a Teacherp. 113
Fear of Musicp. 117
Hearing through Other Earsp. 120
Most Perfect Musicp. 121
The Circle of Listeningp. 123
Inner and Outerp. 125
Age Mattersp. 127
Tone-Deaf Choirp. 128
Practices
Singing Unison with a Stringp. 137
Just Any Note?p. 141
As Much as Possible from as Little as Possiblep. 143
Touch What You Singp. 153
Steps/Leapsp. 157
The Tyranny of Triadsp. 159
The Art of Returningp. 161
Juice between Texturesp. 163
Play by the Clockp. 164
Just the Newsp. 165
The Magic Scalep. 166
Big Earsp. 173
Notesp. 178
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ISBN: 9781590308318
ISBN-10: 159030831X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th November 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26