AdministratorApril 7, 2019 at 5:46 pm
Yes, the breathing, releasing tension, etc. are important before playing, though it can be useful to release tension in rests, or in moments where you can, to make sure the tension doesn’t grow and increase as the performance goes on.
And yes, the mental script is about choreographing your attention while playing. I like your phrase “musical intentions script” – because yes, it’s about keeping your mind focused on singing, phrasing, rhythm, pulse – all the things that are relevant to what you are trying to convey in the music, and keep your mind focused on the present, not on the past, or the future, or obsessing about micromanaging technical details, etc. So an example of one type of mental script is the singing brain concept in the focus chapter. It’s not as detailed in a nitty-gritty way as the word script might suggest, but it’s a specific attentional target that helps to keep us focused in a performance-enhancing way. Does that help to clarify?