so, just now while trolling around the internet ( ...picking up from last night's search which left off on the tim miller page where i saw mention of a miller/goodrick book to be realeased this year) i ended up finding Varsan Ovsepian. a ridiculously good and tasteful pianist. here he shows some excercises ( ... apparently there is a book?)
last night i found this guy henrik andersen who has this stuff on konnakol:
... yes , yes, i know there is the mclaughlin dvd; the youtube preview just shows a lot of fluff and promise of the magic and i kinda was craving the facts. this guy has 3 books ( yes,yes i saw the typos ( sic ) and corny metaphors but seemed tempted to get them as they were relatively cheap... however, he does reference some book that he says is the most comprehensive he has seen on the subject- which i'll be looking up t the libraray).
and of course, the nelson veras several part youtube clips from last year's clinic at some conservatory in amsterdam where he covers metronome work that dealt with different meters; and the application of these meters over tunes; messing and mixing multiple meters in succession (at will ) within a pulse ; the bringing attention to messiaen and his modes of limited transposition and their really cool/deep lines and chords and dualities that offer up some refreshing tonality to draw on and work with torwards ; and tiny yet useful glipmses into how he views things or may approach things or practice ( ... don't let soft spoken self effacing way distract from some very wise words on things we might consider shifting in our perspectives ... or not do at all).
where am i going with all this? well, it's tough. on the one hand, i am just following a craving- looking for music that speaks to something i want to be hearing - moreover, could propell me more in the direction of where i want to be going- then, i look for interviews or books or clinics or collaborators and follow more of the previously mentioned processes with them. with the fundamentals, i feel that my walls are pretty clearly where they are and my work feels more or less cut out for me . with jazz or bebop or guitar in this style it is also somewhat cut and dry for me ( as to that i suck and finding ways to look out why i am sucking ... usually, in conjuction with some of the same stuff as with fundamentals for me.).
then , there is an area which feels ( surprisingly ) also to deal with some of the same makeup or at least perhaps similar methodologies could be applied to it. i feel like i search for the raw material and tools - sometimes a book or a system or something. this stuff feels raw and objective and it is more about how well i have it in my mind or under my fingers as far as how it's aesthetic drapings will hang but i am very drawn to these things. maybe because it can easily lend itself to being an escape from the basics ( in direct relation and application to tunes ); with the hope or mask of these things being used for my stuff - i.e. something i would call generative or creative or ... towards the art that i am making.
in practice, the getting into my head or under my fingers ( in a way that isn't the rawest improvisational stuff for me - meaning i kinda get what this feels like , i kinda get the rhythmic hiccups or pulse, i am barely holding the idea- not that immediacy and freshness. a step or two later, where it does not feel like a flash in the pan - it feels memorable ( in the sense that it had a lingering impact that interests me i can maybe dig up elements of to try to look at and moreover sounds like the stuff i want to be makingish). again, it is a step that is slightly more objective or attempting to be where i can try to develop these things and bring the methodologies of how the basics or fundamentals get covered and how these things can be developed understood reconfigured , put through their paces and maybe become part of my or a language or modality.
I'm curious how you all practice. what your walls are. the way you look at the internet ( for these purposes ).
as an aside it would be really interesting if not only there were footage of " members playing" there was footage of "members practicing" i feel like it would be hard to get honest glimpses though.
i would like to hear your thoughts on this stuff. thanks.