Make It/Let It

Make It/Let It is one of my all time favorite Games for Song.  It is about bringing everyone with you; including yourself.  This game utilizes the skill of being able to Sing then Play, so try that first.

If no one else is around to play this game with you, then you can always play Make It/Let It by yourself, which as it turns out is really fun.

First set up a simple groove by playing Melody Hey.

After you have gone around the circle once or twice, the first player volunteers to play a solo. For your solo, start by playing one interesting thing – as you do sing each note inside your heart and let your instrument follow your intention, just as you would when playing Sing then Play. This is called “Make It.”

Then to continue your solo, return to your simple repetitive motif, and get back into the groove with the group.  Relax and listen to the group groove and clear your mind. This is called “Let It”

Then Make It a little more. Then Let It. Then Make It a little more then Let It again.  Keep going back and forth more and more often until Make It and Let It become one thing.

Play your Make It/Let It Solo for as long as you want to. You may feel like you are taking too much time. Release that thought. Trust the group to support you with the groove. Everyone should beam positive psychic energy to this player, letting them know that it is great to keep going.

Go around the circle or Ding The Thing until everyone has had a chance to solo. Do not play this game unless you have time for everyone to have the opportunity to solo.

Also. You can plan ahead so that you end the last phrase of your solo a little before the group cycle ends. Leave a moment between the end of your last phrase and the end of everyone’s cycle.  This is called a  Silent Bow, and leaves a moment for gratitude.

Also.  Rather than each player completing an entire Make It/Let It solo before the next player gets a turn, you can take turns Making It just once and then returning to the collective Let It.  You can use Ding the Thing to decide who gets the next Make It/Let It turn.

Also.  This game is really fun to play by yourself.  If you have a multi-track looper, you can record some loops by playing Rhythm or Melody Hey.  You can play Make It/Let It over this recorded background.  Or just play without any background.  It’s really fun either way.

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