Your brain on music
I am one of those who cannot talk while playing my fiddle. Not even a garbled "ahhhDEEE" to indicate a key change, much to the chagrin of the guy with the guitar who happens to be my husband.
So I sat in on a workshop last weekend given by Tim O’Brien (yes, Bluegrass Heresy, but cut me some slack here) where he talked about singing with the fiddle. Obviously, Tim could sing, do his taxes and order out for Chinese while playing the fiddle, but I was there to learn, so I payed attention. When I got home, I started working on a tune that I’m learning, and decided to try the lilting thing while I played. My god. I can sing while playing. But I still can’t talk while playing. And this was a tune that I’m not even sure I know, but I can play what I’m singing and sing what I’m playing.
Am I the last person on the planet to realize that this works this way?