Kenny Werner Releases “Becoming The Instrument”
Pianist Kenny Werner’s Effortless Mastery has been a must-have book for the library of any musician looking to unlock their full potential. (It’s recommended by Bassology teacher Anthony Wellington among others.) Now Werner has returned with Becoming The Instrument: Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life.
The 268-page book features insights and anecdotes from his 40 years of studying, performing and teaching music to explain how to slip into “The Spaces”, a subconscious state that allows us to effortlessly embody whatever we are doing.
“Mastery is not perfection, or even virtuosity. It is giving one’s self love, forgiving one’s mistakes, and not allowing earthly evidence to diminish one’s view of one’s self as a drop in the Ocean of Perfection,” Werner says. “And here is the good news: You don’t have to be a musician to have the experience!”
Chapters in the book explains “The Space”, blocks to getting there, left-brain/right-brain integration, the steps to effortless mastery, muscle memory, and more.