I recently learned about the Butterfly Effect. Have you heard of it? It’s the phenomenon that happens when a tiny little thing – like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings – has an enormous effect on the course of events. I experienced something like this recently: I did one little thing that made a big difference when I was using my new email system to write the first email for my list. I was having fun playing with font colors and styles, and I didn’t know that by doing that one thing, all my links would break! It was just a little thing, changing the font style after creating the links. And then, I didn’t do one little thing, that also made a big difference, so none of the links worked in that first email. I didn’t know how to preview the email and test the links.
When I published The Dancing Cymbalist, one reviewer commented that I was making it so much more complicated to play zills. I could just see her eyes glazing over as she tried to take in the whole book. It was too much too fast. Too-much-too-fast is the way many of us get introduced to playing zills, but it is not the way most musical instruments are taught. First, you learn your way around the instrument, you learn what it can do. You learn a lot of little things that help you play the kind of sound and expression you want to play.
Little things matter. How you use your mouth when you play the flute makes the difference between being able to make a sound and not being able to make a sound at all. How you use your fingers in certain yoga poses makes the difference in whether you can fully extend into the pose or not. There are nuances in every activity that refine your skill so that you can use it more effectively and easily, and I’m certain you can think of more examples from your own experience.
Because we can play zills while moving, the whole process is automatically more challenging, because playing music can get complicated, and if you’re dancing, that can get complicated too. It all becomes especially challenging, and frustrating too, when you’ve left out all the little things because you didn’t know about them!
I began to notice the little things when I began focusing on my own zill practice. They inspired me to write my book, and they continue to inspire me in my teaching.
If little things matter to you, and this resonates and calls to you, whether you’ve played zills before or not, sign up to receive notifications from me about my offerings, and check out other training choices on my website. I look forward to being your guide!
Wishing you much Joy,