£ $- Create.Vibe.Play.Yoga.Work.Sing.Exchange.Support.Empower – * With me! *

I have travelled all over the show watching and soaking up tricks and licks in the music lane. Working with producers,  musicians and Yogis for the past few years has given me a crash course in all the things I didn’t even hear of in school or Music College.

But first

WHY YOGA ?! I THOUGHT SINGING is PRACTISING SCALES AND PERFORMing WHY DO I HAVE TO STRETCH and BREATHE SO MUCH? 

Yoga releases tension. Unmanaged tension is cancer to a performance of any kind.

Let alone the voice being your instrument! 

Tension is caused by emotional reaction to an external or internal trigger. Relieveing our bodies of past occurances of stress is a beautiful energetic exchange which can be optimised by Yoga and its asana work.

Yoga also works at stabislising the pelvis and legs to create strong foundations to stand from. If your foundations are not strong and stable then your upper body will feel the need to compensate and be ‘on duty’ more regularly and stiffly than needed ergo – stiff necks and frozen shoulders and jaws that lock in the night.

Singing and voice awareness = Vitality! 

Lessons I have most recently learned whilst chasing my own dream of living through my music. You never stop learning at Life!

I.e Recording vocals to performing vocals live. – How important it is to hold extremely close familiarity with your parameters created by your voice at that moment, not your last performance or session, because having this awareness and control will save you in trickier moments occuring on stage or in the booth.

I.e The importance of your physical and mental wellbeing whilst writing, performing and working as a musician and singer. It was, for sure, touched on by Kele Bryan from Eternal (one of my tutors at BIMM ) but her style was more of a circuit training warm up and core strengthening exercises this did not penetrate my interest at the time, and have only really got where she was coming from in the last few years after being living proof that body tension + weak muscles = stressful mind maps.

I am offering 3 x 1.5 hour sessions for £120 –

Luis Enrique Rivera Cuyar

how?

30minute body awareness Yoga flow tailored to student’s needs.

30minute – breath and vocal integration

30 minute – song study, musical improvisation – general fun musical playtime!

can include – audition techinque, pre production for recording, gig prep, music theory – tailored to student’s goals and direction.

Where?

TBC

Why is this so amazing for me?

I love teaching and passing on knowledge. i especially learned SO much recently on my travels and more than ever I want to pass this information along. I had my eyes opened to how things are moving along in the american market, how it differs from here and why us Brits always make waves across the Pond.

The money I make from teaching lessons and passing on information goes directly to the making of my EP and towards my returning to NYC to finish all of the work that had such a magical start to!

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I am also looking to learn new skills myself so if this is something you would like to learn about or get involved with, get in touch! 

I am open to exchanges in 

Languages

Music Production and Technology 

Music Theory 

Piano lessons / just about any instrumental lessons! 

 

+447936357065

or Comment here!

Observation is Key

Lesson 2 of my Creativity course! – ‘Observation is Key’

Week Two, and the theme is  ‘The Power of Paying Attention’. In this lesson Tina talks about the importance of always being aware and engaged with our surroundings.

‘Focused observation and commitment to seeing what’s happening is an important key to innovation’

So it was only a short lesson broadcast by Tina but she shared a number of excellent resources all relevant to ‘Paying Attention’. A lot of the focus day to day lies within ‘What am I doing tomorrow?’, ‘What happened yesterday?’ or ‘Shoot, I really need to do XYZ by XYZ or this or that will happen’. Even whilst we are having an interaction with someone it can be hard to focus on what they are saying, or even notice our surroundings because our brains are so busy and our lives seem to be non-stop.

The first of these resources was a TED talk by Julian Treasure. Julian talks about the importance of listening and offers some exercises to practice ‘The Art of Listening’. He believes that through the evolution of our intelligence and resources we could be harming our ability to listen and retain information from one another.

I know I am guilty of this, especially out and about and say, expecting a phone call. Gone are the days when I would prioritize an important call that could contain important information as 90% of the time the caller will summarize with ‘Well I will put all of this into an email and send it across to you’ I would think, Phew, that’s me off the hook! We rarely have to retain information in our heads now as we have every kind of resource thinkable available to us. From the Internet, to our smartphones to note pads even. (Of course all of these things are brilliant and exceptional developments in our society, but you get my gist)

The first exercise Julian suggests in order to listen and observe better, is simply to just enjoy some silence or quiet for 3 minutes a day to re-calibrate our ears and brains.

The second exercise could be a little tougher, but also pretty interesting and could be a great brain workout. Julian talks about creating your own personal mixer in your head and trying to work out how many channels that you have going at any one time. The next step to this exercise would be to try and control the volume of these channels, so you could work that part of your brain in preparation for a time when it could be difficult to focus.

The last part of this TED lecture (and my favorite) is the anagram RASA. This is a Sanskrit word for Essence. I love a good Anagram (The US must be rubbing off on me – teehee)

Receive
Appreciate
Summarise
Ask

See the full video here

The final resource to mention  is a snippet from a lecture by Tom Kelley, from IDEO. His premise comes from the phrase ‘Think like a traveller’. What he means by this phrase is, think like you are on vacation in a place that is different from your homeland/culture.

Tom notes that whilst in a different habitat your brain naturally dials itself up to being hyper aware of all the differences laid out before you, and you naturally draw comparisons and opinions based on your surroundings. His advice for creativity would be to note these observations down, be it in a notepad, diary or on your smartphone or tablet. As he states, nobody is more of an expert of your own experience than yourself. This is our greatest attribute and should be kept in mind whilst trying to come up with new ideas. It can train our brains to make different pathways for solutions to any problems we may face, be it in the workplace or in our everyday lives.

I am going to end this tremendously long post with a fabulous quote that Tom left us with.

‘The real act of discovery consists not of seeing new lands, but seeing with new eyes’ – Marcel Proust.

http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2099

So I am off to get started on my listening exercises and my assignment!

Wish me luck!

Peace! Xxx

PS – Another gem of an idea Tina talked about is this fantastic initiative, you must check it out.

New Yorkers, Your Commute Is About to Get a Whole Lot Cooler

Stanford course update!

Creativity: Music to My Ears by Tina Seelig, Stanford University

My first Stanford assignment with Tina Seelig was to create an album cover, and playlist that would tell the story of my life. I had such fun compiling the playlist but had a bit of a struggle with the album cover and title. My life is so full of twists and turns that I had no idea where to even begin.

So this is where the lecture came in handy. Tina talked about the different factors that help to encourage creativity, I soon realized that what could have been inhibiting my creativity was my habitat. I didn’t properly allow myself enough wiggle room physically to think about what picture or title to use for the cover. So low and behold, I changed my setting and I managed to complete the cover in no time at all!

I learnt the key pillars of creativity:

Imagination – framing and re-framing problems

Knowledge – Pay attention to life

Attitude – Quilt makers rather than puzzle builders

Habitat – Physical space

Resources – NOT MONEY

Culture- how said organization deals with failure

I also learnt that if even one of these were not included in the process, it would not be as organic and free.

Tina also shares different resources to inspire our creativity and this week they consisted of interviews with artists such as Jason Mraz and Josh Groban to discuss their creative process and how different factors can affect their creativity.

I found Josh’s description extremely helpful as he talked about the differences between living in LA and NYC. I totally identified with his description of NYC as a hotbed of culture and inspiration, and he also talked about how you have to choice but to participate in life whilst living in NYC, whereas in LA you can choose to not see a soul between your car and the studio.

Jason’s playful outlook towards creativity is a gift. Something he talked about was collaboration and how important it is to free your own creative process up.  I will definitely be trying his game whereby you take any word and make a song out of it, for fun! Just to have fun with your friends and to get the juices flowing.

Jason Mraz “rain dance” from Stanford Tech Ventures Program on Vimeo.

This reminded me of a game I used to play with my family back in the day on a long drive or something. We would create a story one line at a time, one person at a time. The stories would take very interesting turns because we are all such different people with such different outlooks!

Genius thinking by my stepdad, must have kept us quiet for a while haha.