Pedagogical Concerns

Scientific research (Brenner & Zacks) observed that walking through doorways interferes with memory, facilitates forgetting. More specifically: the “doorway effect” is a theory based on the fact that retaining a memory is more difficult after literally walking through an actual doorway (to another room, the outside, the other lecture hall, in or out the church, a stage door). It appears that memory works better when remaining in the room in which it originally captured the information, and that one loses some of the information when walking out of the room - in real locations (like your practice room, the university, a museum, a shopping center, the green room) as well as in virtual reality simulations (like an Avatar program at DARPA; or Skyrim, the Sims, or Destiny on PSX). It’s called the “encoding specificity” principle and suggests that memory organizes information (amongst other things) ‘location based’ (exterior).

The imitation and replication of the melodic contours, overtone colors, quality of rhythm, and physical movements of the great masters - without necessarily grasping the vision and intent of the original - is a fundamental and progressive method for the aspiring young artist. Since man is...

Since regression to the mean is inevitable, it suggests two conclusions: 1) one has to strife for performance mean rather than performance peak, and 2) the standards of that mean have to be set infinitely high! That is what it means to grasp for the stars. Therein lies...

Some misinformed students try to play the piano while applying a self-inflicted tension-hobble on their shoulders, arms, and hands, thus substantially hindering the natural motion of the entire pianist mechanism and in result sabotaging their expressive range. Like trying to conduct an orchestra in a...

How to practice faster playing? One way is to reduce the processing of available information to the necessary - listening to fewer details is faster listening, which enables faster playing. For example: Rhythmically - fewer beats in bar or phrase; halves instead of quarters, whole bars...

When, while practicing, you experiment with the evenness of a passage, the balance of a chord, or the gesture of a melody, you can accidentally get it wrong, but you cannot accidentally get it right. Determining and setting up exactly what you want to hear, what...