This is the blog of Miriam Hlavaty, musician, pianist, listening guide, Timani-teacher, Restorative Exercise Specialist, book lover, tango dancer plus a lot more. So what is it all about?
This blog centers around the lost art of listening
I am a musician, therefore listening is a main topic of my life. So what do I mean by “listening”? Well, for starters there is a big difference between hearing and listening. Hearing might be said to be an automatic response when encountering soundwaves whereas listening on the other hand involves directing one’s attention towards a specific part of something we perceive.
However, today this act of directing our attention has become an endangered ability which are being increasingly threatened by the very world we live in.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by an overload of sense-stimulation? The background music of the malls and the shops, the intertwining tunes of the cell phones, flimmering commercial banners, neon signs, flickering screens, the half muffled sounds emanating out of earplugs.
This is the world we live in today, a world where distractions are labeled as enriching experiences. A world where we spend huge sums on learning to practice mindfulness and internal silence while at the same time stuffing our environment with an ever-increasing amount of noise and distractions. In this world of distractions I am concerned with the comprehension of Music and the art of mindful focus, externaly as well as internally.
In order to comprehend music we need to be able to listen to it. To be able to listen is to be able to focus. The ability to focus is not something which we are born with, it is an acquired skill.
For musicians the art of internal as well as external listening is an important skill to hone. No matter what our instrument might be: our initial instrument, the human body is the most advanced instrument we will ever encounter and as such it demands a thorough knowledge in order to be mastered. Timani is an approach towards this kind of mastering and consists of a physical and neurologic training of our movement system. In my practise I teach Timani as well as an other system of movement-training based on biomechanics called Restorative Exercise. Topics from these two systems will also be adressed here on this blog, for now only in Norwegian but later hopefully in English as well.
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