Number 11 (6:23 3.6Mb)
A regression functionally, but a progression conceptually.
Although I haven't had any real interest in extreme piano playing ability before I started this project, I have come upon a few instances of people that are ridiculously good at playing, and I was astounded by them. In a video from Blue Note the guy was hitting the keys faster than I could see his hands moving, let alone his fingers, and not only did he hit them reliably and in a controlled and purposeful fashion, I realised part of the way through that he was playing with his glasses off and his eyes closed.
I think that that's given me a taste for the limitless abilities that are available and ready to be taken by people who can grasp them.
I wonder if my tactic of trying to think as fast as i'm playing is the right one, and perhaps a sort of 'baptism by fire' would be better, where I would try and play what I hear in my head at the speed which I hear it.
I suspect the results would be chaotic and haphazard at first, and I wonder what progress that would add. I feel that if the barriers really are psychological, then that may be a good way to force myself past the thinking and into the next level of understanding.
I am attempting to learn to speed read as well as a separate project, and the tactic they recommend is to just run your eyes over the page at such a rapid rate that your brain realises that known techniques aren't adequate and creates new (desired) ones. I haven't made much progress with the reading, although I haven't been very dedicated with that either.
Perhaps the answer lies in just acting beyond the boundaries and immersing myself in the experience and waiting to adapt to that state.