Have you received your "King/Queen of Multitasking" Crown yet? If not and you're a piano player, you will...just give it a bit more time.
Science has shown us that piano players and other musicians have excelled abilities when it comes to multitasking and accomplishing several different actions successfully and at the same time.
Do you ever wonder how it is that we can actually do several things at one time...well? Our brains aren't even wired to multitask! Not on the conscious level, that is.
Think about it...when you get up from the computer to go to the refrigerator to get some water, do you pay attention to each and every step you make, or are you thinking about the water you're about to drink? Right! Your mind is focused on what you're goal is...the water. You didn't think about one step you took, most likely.
Let's rephrase that...your conscious mind was focused on the goal - your water. Your subconscious mind took care of the walking part.
So what we commonly call 'multitasking' may in fact be just the way we direct the focus of our conscious mind, and once we've "gotten it" in our conscious minds, our subconscious mind can take over a bit and help out.
When we learn to play the piano, we really focus on lots of things at one time! We learn note names, their places on the keyboard, how they look in our music, how long to count them, how to play them short or long, loud or soft. Many, many things.
In order to really learn our music, notes, counting, and everything else, we have to learn how to use our "focus" and where to direct it in each practice session. When we know how to do this, we learn our music faster and easier, with less stress.
*When you ever start to feel overwhelmed while practicing, put into practice this information...we get overwhelmed when we are trying to do too much at one time...and the stress is actually our body's way of telling us to chill out a bit, and back off. *
Here are 5 ways to fine-tune your focus so you can accomplish more in your practicing.
Focus - is just another tool in our toolbox that when used correctly will really help us play the piano better. It's a type of discipline that we can fine-tune and sharpen as we go. The more we use it, the better we get at what we're doing.
Once you know your notes in the Key of C, you won't think about each and every note forever...just like you don't think about every step you take when going to the fridge. Your subconscious will take over, or at least step in and help you manage everything that you're trying to do all at once.
So apply your focus and keep it in your practicing so you can play that piece and exercise well and be proud of what you've accomplished!
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