Effortless Mastery has ratings and 74 reviews. David said: As a jazz pianist, this book was a paradigm changer. Kenny Werner goes beyond chops, the. Effortless Mastery 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. A concise, free and complete summary of “Effortless Mastery” – Kenny Werner’s bottleneck busting guide to mastering your craft by learning to.

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I highly recommend this book. I even do it if I’m out of gas during a run and it allows me to run further. Encourages slowing down and feeling before playing. Neither of them were known for chops, but both forced you to stop and listen. I’m not talking about the people who know that they were born for an instrument, or the people who pick up an instrument and can’t put it down for 20 years.

I read this book twice and watched several of his DVDs about learning to play music in an effortless way. Brasil had recently suffered a nervous breakdown from strenuous practicing, and taught Werner an exercise that his amstery had taught him. This book has become a favorite of many musicians who credit it with changing their lives! I found that Kenny Werner utilized a good portion of Zen discipline to illustrate the importance of complete engagement in performance.

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. Werner’s Effortless Mastery helped me to accept and embrace these things. Werner, a masterful jazz pianist in his own right, uses his own life story and experiences to explore the barriers to creativity and mastery of music, and in the process reveals that “Mastery is available to everyone,” providing practical, detailed ways to move towards greater confidence and proficiency in any endeavor.

Step one is being able to play a note on one’s instrument while relaxed and calm, step two is to play a free improvisation while in said state, step three is discovering what things one can play while in this state, step four rffortless to master playing music effortlessly, hence the book’s name. Efvortless also met Kenny in Seattle when he played at Jazz Alley in and I distinctly felt and so did several people I spoke to that his playing was coming from another place.


If only I could get his ideas through my thick head.

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, Book & CD

But as every idea that relies on deep and careful observing of one’s thought patterns, this requires a regular practice. Re-read parts of the book, ideally a tiny piece a day 4. Jan 29, Isaac rated it it was amazing. Greatest is uncovered through ease and patience rather than through rigorous diligence The concept of this book can be incorporated many kennyy art forms outside of playing the piano. Click On Each Image to Zoom. So far this has been much better than I thought it would be after popping in the meditation CD that comes with it.

It reflects the character of the player as an evolved being, and the depth with which he unites himself to his notes. Trivia About Effortless Master At that point, we are no longer the game-piece, but the player; we’ve won the game.

If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. Now it is something I look forward to, and enjoy.

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It’s that your practice should be focused and intentional and full of confidence and patience. Jun 26, Guido rated it liked it.

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.

Book ratings by Goodreads. From that point, he developed his philosophy and teaching methods erfortless led to this book.

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Ellen and I had the pleasure of being seated with her and her husband at Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn last year. They’re very easy to understand, but somehow I always think that they don’t really apply to me once I start practicing.

We can all benefit from Werner’s insight in all of our endeavors. The original book includes an audio CD of meditations narrated by Kenny to help the musician reach a place of relaxed focus.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Includes an inspiring CD of meditations designed to initiate positive thought. Retrieved 12 March The earth is the game board, and we are the pieces on the board.

I did enjoy the book since much of it deals specifically with musical improvisation and I have been concentrating for the last couple of years on getting better at improvisation. Reguarly practice good thought patterns – there are lots described in the book, e.

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What do you know? It is very hard to learn to do, but I have made some progress by learning a piece so thoroughly that I can play it without thinking about it.

I would get so flustered at having to play where another could hear wedner that I was terrible, even at things I could do quite well alone. At the same time, his advice on practicing is very good, focusing on “chipping away at your weak spots” instead of endless running through the parts of the material you find easy which is all too easy to do. There is always a schism between what the ego wants to play and what wants mastry come out.

I bought his DVD, in which he works with students on camera and coaches them through the process.