Thank you very much.Mark_Steed wrote: Yes this counting business is tres difficile! In fact the only recording that didn't sound great was the one when you were counting
I agree about the counting. I've been trying to count out loud and play for nearly 25 years and it's still a challenge for me. Some of the common mistakes I make when counting are mixing the numbers up that I'm speaking out loud with left-hand fingerings. I'll frequently put my index finger down when I say the word "one", middle down when I say the word "two", and so on and it isn't until my ear registers that I'm playing the wrong note that I realize what has happened. The other thing that happens is I'll start saying the fingerings out loud, so I might say "4 and 1 and 3 and 2 and". It makes for some really funny yet frustrating mistakes as I start playing notes or saying numbers that don't even make any sense. It never happens when I count internally though, only when I vocalize. I also really struggle with singing while I play, which was always a challenge when I used to play bass in a rock band. In fact, I have extreme difficulty talking or listening to other people talk while I play. It is as if the use of the language parts of my brain just derails my physical coordination and concentration. I tend to do very well if I use a foot tap, rock my torso, or head nod to keep the beat though.
Now one thing I'm considering trying is counting in Spanish or French to see if I can do any better, two languages that I can read with difficulty but can barely even speak. My logic behind this is that I normally can't sing and play guitar at the same time, at least not very well. I just end up doing very poorly at both singing and playing. The one exception was I was in a guitar ensemble years and years ago in college. I was never able to sing along with the songs that were in English, but then we started working on a few South American songs, including "Llegando esta el carnaval". Suddenly I was able to play chords, strum rhythms, and sing (in harmony) without any problems. It was a total blast and I really enjoyed myself, but I didn't know Spanish at that time so I barely understood what I was singing. It was more like my voice was just another instrument. But if I use English...? No bueno! It just doesn't seem to come that easy for me.
The brain is a weird thing indeed.