> Dan recently wrote:
> > I
> >wonder it there is some sort of internalizing that takes place, where
> >old tunes become possible to "play in your sleep", just as it appears
> >that those who perform "distractedly" appear to do.
> > My theory is that it becomes more of a thing that you can just
> >"do" subconsciously after a time, like riding a bicycle, and when you
> >reach this point, it becomes subconciously expressive. Any thoughts?
And Richard added:
> My experience has always been that there comes a time when "the fingers know
> the tune." The bicycle analogy makes sense to me.
> When I *know* a tune, whether I have learned it by ear or by note, I CANNOT
> think of it in any way. I cannot think of what notes I am playing or what key
> the tune is in. I cannot even look at my fingers, since that causes me to
> begin to "think" about what I am doing.
> My hypothesis is that the finest musicians have brains that enable them to do
> this all the time, not just when under the influence.
These notes have been out for a couple of days, and off and on I notice I
continue to wonder about these ideas. I had the experience, when I was a
child, of entering a contest (piano performance) and being graded down
because I was looking out of the window while I was playing the piece...
I had (have) all kinds of negative feelings about contests, but somehow
that became a lesson for me from the judges -- to stay in touch with the
music. Actually, who knows what they really were talking about -- perhaps
it was "looking good", as somebody mentioned here... but for me what made
sense was the contact with the music itself.
So that said, I must say I think it's extremely important to have the tune -
or the notes "in my fingers", so I don't have to think about what comes next.
Music is so much more than the notes --- and I don't know about you-all, but
sometimes I play the same tune or piece over and over --- often with a wide
range of variations... or - even again and again, over a period of time.
I don't happen to play it the same way twice ever -- Perhaps some of the
notes are the same, and often the ornaments or embellishments are similar -
but different ... the music is "new" each time it's played --- each time I
play it, hopefully... That was why I asked if anyone knew if Johnny (or
whoever) let the bow lead the way, or learned the pieces note-for-note and
played them with more technical proficiency each time (hopefully)... Or both??
Technique is what I think we gain with practice and discipline -- The
ability to let the music "sing" with creativity and sometimes improvisational
freshness, is what we give to the music with our own participation...
Wish I knew how to say this better...
And glad for the chance to try.