Monday, March 11, 2013
You're too Smart to be Dumb!
Most mistakes are mental failures. We expect our mighty chops to make up for the insanity of our frantic stabs in the dark. Our mind is simply not on the same page as the music. If only we would allow the brain to process the notes fast enough, we would be able to turn out perfection. Don't you hate making those stupid mistakes? The problem is that the mistakes aren't stupid, it's the player!
That's great news! Maybe there is hope! It might not be so much a chop issue as it is a thinking, or preparation issue. How about SLOW practice, slow enough that mistakes don't ever happen. Let's starve the mistakes. Give your brain a fighting chance. Even the dumbest of us can get through Petroushka if the tempo is slow enough, right?
Let's stop the madness. Put your professors out of business. Stop them from their professing. You've heard their practice rants long enough. You can extract those pesky mistakes from your playing if you really want to, or you can continue to step on the daisies, forever wondering why you are plagued with those stupid wrong notes. You can begin to play smart, or you can continue to play dumb.