Turning the Conscious Brain off….
I was teaching myself a tune this evening by playing along with a slowed-down mpeg, and after a couple of hours, I had most of it worked out in my fingers.
But something interesting I found was that while I had to think about what I was doing for the first half to make sure I didn’t miss a note here and there, I found that during the second half I played a lot better if I "tuned out" and thought about nothing at all; as if my fingers knew what they didn’t and the brain didn’t, and the fingers would much prefer if the brain went away, thank you very much! 🙂
I do know that once I have learnt a tune to the extent that I don’t need to think about it, I can happily zone out and just enjoy the music - perhaps with this tune I’m only half way there.
Does this happen to anyone else? Or maybe I just think too much! 🙂