Play It by Ear: Improvise Your Way to Lasting Friendships ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Ron Carducci

Play It by Ear: Improvise Your Way to Lasting Friendships

Rubato Books
Publication date: October 2010
ISBN: 9780982347058
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Mental health experts agree that to lead a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life, we must be able to build and nurture friendships. Yet many of us don’t know how. We struggle with making friends or alienate the ones we already have, leaving us feeling lonely and confused.

Play It by Ear offers a fresh, jazz-inspired approach to help us connect with others in a positive, meaningful way. Drawing on experience from his two careers — first as a professional musician and second as a therapist — Ron Carducci introduces the improvisational jam session as a model for mastering the art of relating. By adopting the flexible, accepting behaviors of jazz players, we can foster the trust and spontaneity that lie at the heart of enduring friendships.

Readers will learn how to cast aside their expectations, bend with others to preserve and deepen their relationships, transform conversations into creative, rewarding “jazz dialogues,” and keep their cool in difficult situations.

Filled with illustrative stories from Dr. Carducci’s practice and from the many years he performed in jazz clubs and Las Vegas show bands, Play It by Ear invites us to loosen up and engage in the present moment — and experience the joy that comes from sharing a genuine connection.
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Play it by Ear

This self help book aims to give cold or uncomfortable people a new way of approaching social situations: playing jazz music to make lasting friendships. Carducci is both therapist and drummer, and playing drums has been a form of therapy for him. In combining his careers he teaches readers the tricks and interactive elements of jam sessions, in which we can ‘say’ our piece musically, and let others do the same – a kind of give and take, a creation and appreciation session through which, though music is the central theme, there are other things to be gained. All the chapter titles are ‘feelgood’, and Carducci’s tone is positive throughout, leading us to understand one another through the medium of jazz. Though a personal book with many of his true life experiences shared, it also focusses on his clients, whose names one would assume he has changed. Drawing on these experiences with live people and channelling their problems and fears into the rehearsal room has produced an innovative book, if an immodest one in places.
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