Friday, February 19, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
This new series Let's Warm-Up!, started almost two months ago and we have been having a great time! I plan on it being once a week but sometimes it could be less or more. :-) The donation for this is a minimum of $3.50 US for each warm-up session. Please send your donation to paypal.me/vierabolter. The sessions are one hour in length. Those who want to donate more are of course welcome. Lots of people told me they like group warm-ups so here is one all can try. (They will not all be the same!). Anyone under 18 yrs. needs to make sure they have parental consent because of the use of paypal. If an interest develops, I will have a younger player version of Let’s Warm-Up! These regular sessions in general might not be as useful for middle school or young high school players but, there are always exceptions. NEXT Let's Warm-Up! is Monday 2/8, 11-12pm EST.
Hope to see you there!
Monday, January 18, 2021
I am starting my new Monthly Masterclass series this coming Saturday 1/23, at 11am EST. The title is The Mechanics of Warming-Up. Please send in your donations a day in advance (1/22), so you can get a Zoom link. Send your donations to paypal.me/vierabolter. If you are late, please text me no later than a half hour before the class at six-one-seven, seven-five-nine, one-six-two-zero. or email me at normtobe at gmail dot com. The donations are $10 for students and 15-$20 for non students, professionals and teachers. Please feel free to email me and ask to be put on the email list for updates about all the masterclasses and other offerings.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Some of the importances of Music and the Natural Worlds is to connect with something that in itself is connected to what is real and what that will bring into you. We were designed to process that which is real and nourishing to us.
When we connect to color for example, we are connecting to one of the primary essences of the naturally created worlds. It is a vital component that covers and extends through all the overlays in the natural worlds (The Creation).
We can’t live without color. Color is vibratory force and the different colors contain various frequencies (vibrations), that have direct affects on certain parts of ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically and more. They can also be a direct link to the foundations of manifested life itself. Pretty big stuff uh?!
It’s one thing to say “connect to something when you play.” But a more complete thought is the fact that we are always connected to something when doing any action. The journey into the natural worlds is to help us see that a lot of how we go on was passed down to us through genetics, upbringing, world history, where we live, and the environment affecting our overlay system at deep levels throughout our entirety. This of course subliminally affects our behavior, thought process, ethics, beliefs and more. Part of building a relationship with music and the natural worlds is to help us have more informed decision making and being much more cognizant of the how and why we do what we do. Where do the default thought processes and concepts, words and methods originate from that govern us in warming- up (as an example)? Did we look into it and wonder about it and find our own way within it or just practice what we were given whether it works for us or not? NOT THE TEACHERS fault really. It's important to go through something for a bit and see where it leads. But It shows us we have to be responsible for our own lives and process. Many teachers pass on what works for them and that is honorable because they went on a journey and found what works for them and it is real for them. In many circumstances teachers expect or hope that the student will in the end see they have to find out what works for them. They need to own the responsibility for their own development. How could it be otherwise??
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Yesterday was an amazing time at ‘our’ creek. Quiet yet energetically so alive with the landscape constantly changing. The creek is under huge white pines, oaks, some maples and a lot of hemlock trees. The sun was shining but there were wonderful huge piilowy clouds that you could see a bit of under the canopy of branches and leaves from the trees.
This created spots of light on the land that were rising gradually above the creek. The spots of light would flicker like giant fireflies and change in rhythm with the duet of wind and trees. Then, periodically a large wide and round shadow would come over the ground, akin to a long tone passing through the texture of swirling lines from woodwinds and strings in a grand symphonic composition. This certainly was a sound and light cinematic delight, full of wonder and elevation in the living theater of Nature. We felt humbled to be part of it.
There is no doubt that aspects of this will be woven into the upcoming composition dedicated to my former teacher Ron Ricketts, who is now flying in another sphere of space in the continuing life of soul and spirit.