A ThereMeditation

An excerpt from the Dalet Concert Series. Witness as your perceptions change the
deeper and deeper you go…enlightenment and the munchies may be at hand.

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TIPS
Let’s Talk About a Pitch Preview

In addition to the techniques of pitch fishing, consider employing an electronic pitch preview
to help you increase accuracy. Let’s talk about it uses, pros and cons.

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Lesson 36
THE ESSENTIALS
Toward an New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part 2 – Embracing Imperfection
Chapter 5, Let’s Go “Pitch Fishing”

The imperfection inherent in hunting around for the correct pitches, particularly while you’re
playing a piece of music, can be very challenging. The key is patience and the ability to
develop an extremely delicate and soft “touch” when moving from one pitch to another, doing
it so softly that it is inaudible to anyone but you. Once you get the hang of it, you can use
it to your advantage. Also, be sure to watch the companion piece, “Let’s Talk About a Pitch
Preview” in the TIPS category.

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Improvisation in Strict Time
From the Dalet Concert Series
Featuring PascAli and Me

From Princeton’s Dalet Concert Series curated and run by the wonderful Irena Gobernik and
Leo Vayn. This segment from the concert features PascAli and Kip Rosser playing together
for the first time. A challenging eleven minutes during which two contrabasses and a
theremin produce sounds so unusual that they seem to emanate from something
other than the instruments.

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Lesson 35
THE ESSENTIALS
Toward an New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part 2 – Embracing Imperfection
Chapter 4, Exploiting the “Slide”
continued

We’ll continue to exploit the “slide,” then combine it with the previous chapters’ vibrato
techniques. It’s all for the purpose of bringing added depth to your practice while transforming
the theremin’s “imperfections” into playing versatility.

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Lesson 34
THE ESSENTIALS:
Toward an New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part Two – Embracing Imperfection
Chapter 3, Exploiting the “Slide”

Since its early days, the theremin has been criticized for its constant portamento, the sliding
from one note to another. Even today, sliding tends to be looked at somewhat negatively.
By adopting a different mindset and rethinking “the slide,” we can use it to greater advantage
for both intonation and for sheer sonic effect. This chapter and the next will explore the “slide”
in detail.

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Lesson 33
THE ESSENTIALS:
Toward an New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part Two – Embracing Imperfection
Rethinking Vibrato, Chapter 2

Continuing with working toward a new mindset regarding vibrato, let’s look at intentionally
making it deviate from the root pitch and begin to think of it in terms of pulses, both
rhythmic and melodic.

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Lesson 32
THE ESSENTIALS:
Toward an New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part Two – Embracing Imperfection
Rethinking Vibrato, Chapter 1

We’re going to deal with what many consider to be weaknesses of the theremin
and then turn them to your advantage as a player. In Chapter 1, we take an
honest look at vibrato, work with a new mindset, and rethink its purpose and uses.

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Lesson 31
The Essentials:
Toward a New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part One – Dissolving Inhibition

To put this and the next four tutorials in to the proper context, be sure you’ve seen the
introduction to this new series. In this lesson, we start by working with a very basic but
effective way for coming face to face with inhibitions – we all experience varying degrees
of tension and anxiety associated with playing, as well as the notion that we must stand
still, constrain ourselves as we play. Time to have fun and loosen up.

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Introduction
The Essentials:
Toward a New Pitch and Articulation Mindset

This intro is essential to the five tutorials that follow; it will help you gauge whether you’re
at the optimum point for incorporating a new set of approaches to your playing. To move past
and work beyond your current level of ability, it helps to shake things up, challenge your
comfort level and create more choices for yourself.

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