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Re: What to Do with My Mind when Playing?
Nahum #2611971 02/05/17 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Nahum
The principal difference between driving a car and playing the piano: driving necessarily involves an element of alternatives - slightly to the left, slightly to the right, faster, slower. Try to play in such a way on the piano!

But I honestly see the element of musical "alternatives" as a similarity with driving. When playing a piece you can choose to stay on the road or go off-road. You can go slower or faster, you can choose to "drive" the music with different timing, rhythms and dynamics. To me these are examples of alternatives you have -while- playing music. Victor Borge was always driving pieces off-road in different ways for comedic effect!

And back to the original point, it seems like the most effective use of the conscious mind while driving or playing music is to decide the general direction and destination - and then hand that off to the other mental functions to be executed.


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Re: What to Do with My Mind when Playing?
J Soo #2612160 02/06/17 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by J Soo
Of course thinking about the laundry, even if it reduces errors, might be going too far, if you're also concerned about interpretation.


However, if the audience comes up to you afterwards and gushes about the springy-fresh smells your music brought to their minds, then you've succeeded smile


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