DEVELOPING SOUND SKILLS
LISTENING TO THE SOUNDS
sync into the sounds!
A great exercise for getting in touch of our conscious ability to listen.... is to pick a location and meditate on all the sounds you can hear.
Make a list in your head or on paper and you may be surprised how much we block out from our consciousness.
You may find yourself focusing on different ranges of pitches, perhaps ignoring the lower, higher, or middle frequencies completely.
Even the sounds of our own breathing get ignored often.
What types of softer sounds are getting ignored? Machinery sounds, nature sounds, other?
If you listen long enough and close your eyes, you may just start to connect the sight and sound parts of your brain, as you gain awareness to different sounds that you hear. I find myself drawing invisible line between sequential points of sounds within my head when the eyes are closed and sounds just appear. It creates a series of zig-zags from the new sound appearing into consciousness.
The sounds we hear can be reflective of the levels of consciousness we are operating on or dominated by. Even the frequency of the pitch can be reflective of our levels of consciousness. Tuning out some aspect of the spectrum of sounds might mean that we are not fully conscious. If you are familiar with the energy field of the Chakras on the body, different pitches are associated with different Chakras, which might give a clue as to where you are closed... if you are able to identify the pitch.
Musicians and non musicians, this is a great technique for expanding your hearing range. It may be easier to practice hearing the different distinct sounds within the environment easier than dissecting a song where many of the notes share common tones. But the more you practice, the more you should be able to identify multiple notes at one. If you pair that up with identifying which notes are which, you can analyze the chords and patterns that are naturally occuring within the sounds around you. Perhaps the birds are orchestrating a composition worthy of reproducing... giving them credit for their compositions of course.
Your feed back on your experiences is appreciated in this journey into sound.