AdministratorMarch 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm
You’re right, that’s a little confusing when you take everything into account. Yes – the idea is to keep your focus on the ideal sound (or singing) in your head as you play.
The exercise on page 32, about listening to yourself non-judgmentally, is more of a practice-room exercise to see if you can play without keeping score, just to experience what it’s like to shut that critic off. A small minority of people are able to listen to themselves non-judgmentally and find that this is more helpful than engaging in singing brain. I haven’t met many folks who are like this, but I remember one terrific horn player in particular who consistently sounded better and was more engaged when he was listening intently to his sound, than when he was singing or creating sound in his head.
Hope that clarifies things!