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The Mind's EarExercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners$
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Bruce Adolphe

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576311.001.0001

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Exercises to Be Done in Silence

Exercises to Be Done in Silence

Hearing in Your Mind’s Ear

(p.11) I Exercises to Be Done in Silence
The Mind's Ear

Bruce Adolphe

Oxford University Press

The exercises in this section are performed in the mind (without the use of musical instruments) and may be done by individuals alone or by groups, such as classrooms, workshops, masterclasses, or even audiences. For individuals, who may or may not be musicians, these exercises can be fun to do at home, on trains, in waiting rooms, or just about anywhere. The exercises range from imagining visual images (as a warm-up) to imagining (in silence) ordinary sounds, scales, dynamics, instrumental timbres, harmonies, expressive performance techniques such as vibrato, and orchestration. The chapter also provides exercises that link imagining music to our other senses, and exercises that ask the participant to imagine or create sonic patterns, designs, scenarios, and compositional structures in fun and surprising ways, all in the mind’s ear.

Keywords:   silence, mind’s ear, exercises, dynamics, timbre, scales, orchestration, ordinary sounds

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