On a technical level i do take issue with that book too for a few reasons : as mr. Werner is ( or at least was at the time of writing effortless mastery ) a practioner of siddha yoga and a devotee of guru maya... This is a practice related to hinduism which claims to be mysticism and not religion ... Anyways the meta outlook from what i have gleaned of it ( ... I have many family members who had waves of converting to this practice in the late 90's - adults. Aswell as younger people) seemed to be that we are on the oerfect path- everything is perfect, period. What i found problematic is that if we just follow it from a logical standpoint , i am making the heaviest shit when i play nothing - as this is the least effort, right? Technically, where is the really hard hitting stuff ( literally) with no effort. And finally, if i remember correctly, somewhere in the book he is substantiatipng and ultimately subscribing to what sandemose lays out in one word... In an anecdote of being at a party with several folks he fondly recalls the intimate priviledge of hearing bill evans; who happened to be sitting and sharing the piano with ( correct me if i'm wrong ) an ' inferior' pianist and marvelled at how it sounded as if they were two seperate instruments from the sheer and sole difference and mastery of evans' touch.
I just took issue with someone spending almost the entirety of the book attempting to sell us on the idea that we are all full of this infinite font of blissed out genius if we were to only get the fuck out of our own way... Only to shiw he doesn't buy it himself with this one example. You might find this to be me missing the point or too reductionist a conclusion to dismiss his whole deal. I am not dismissing it entirely. Contextually, i think it was a breath of fresh air to an commercial/artistic/acedemia complex to give attention to these ideas in a rather uncomfortable taxedermized and stifling climate up to that point. It invited people to enjoy music again. I didnt even go to music school and just from private lessons clinics and talking to people , you could feel the tension anxiety and lack of honoring one's self . To this day, i'll infrequently take lessons and i feel like i am always going in with my worst foot forward , straddling constipation and dhiarrea , going to the jazz doctor to look at my guitar genital warts to see what we could do about them. So, it is not a bad or entirely jive direction. I do think it is wise to demystify some of the stuff and after being totally rivetted, inspired or floored by someone's playing, this can prople one to deconstruct and objectively look into components that made that a wonderful ,oment or artifact and perhaps further elaborate this urge by actually transcribing ... If the magic eating at you alone is far too much and you want to see the tricks... This metaphor may not be apt and might crudely be the crux of my misunderstanding . I don't mean to reduce it all and say that nothing is ineffable or an extremely spirited moment that can just merely be rproduced... Some things are special or should just maybe remain special. I am just saying that you csn learn thing; it takes some work... And this is effort.
Also, i have had some preliminary conversations with a player who is very much of the culture and music of this forum ...( it's hard to tell if he is just being nice in humoring a chat and sussing out if i would be a complete waste of his time to work with after realizing i suck and am oldish ) - there are some very effortless mastery auras floating around in the chat we had. There are also some very cut and dry stripped to the bone principles in what i have heard from people who have talked to or studied with him and in some suggestions. Again, it could also just be " follow your heart , jam in e minor and do that bendy thing ... Cause you a old and suck and are just hurting yourself with this jazz farse and work a lot and have a kid " or if it is some straight up : what do you hear? What do you want to play? Type stuff.
My current little crisis involves spending time with the instrument and hating my self and not getting shit off the ground , not practicing or not doing what i kNOW i need to do ... Which turns into escaping through taking lessons with people from disparately different vibes and aspects of the discipline who kind of all tell me different shit that contradicts things and is tough to discern and develop "a" method for myself.anyways...
It is also tough to broach the subject with someone you really look up to that they're telling you to do these big basic things and disregard all this coltranematrixtritonesubaltereddominantbebopscale shit ( yet they have come out of the best schools for this, or were bred for this, or are heavy on the scene ) and to reconcile that against your nonschool books/private lessons vibe ...that you don't hate
Sorry for the length but in retrospect this doesnt seem off topic and strikes a nerve. Thanks