Especially for big shift and fast shift section, looking ahead split second before helps tremendously.lagartija wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 2:05 amWhen I’m learning a piece, it gives me a visual image I use when I practice visualizing playing the piece away from the guitar. As I audiate the piece, I see my left hand in the position I am playing. I also visualize the score, but I can only do one or the other, not both at the same time.
There was someone who posted that they have a “split screen “ image of both... but that would not be me!
I also watch for inefficient movement and accuracy. After I know the piece well, I don’t have to look. If I am playing a duet, I only look at the score, not my left hand.
I only do it when memorizing a piece. It helps me with memory. It works best if I have also been saying the letter names out loud.
Intellect, sound, visual image, physical memory.... all are helpful to support memory.
I suggest that a split second before is often too late and can lead to "jerky" transitions.Terpfan wrote:Especially for big shift and fast shift section, looking ahead split second before helps tremendously.
Not always - like you, I often find myself playing with eyes closed - even in concert situations. Other times one might be watching the conductor, reading the dots, smiling at that weird looking girl in the second row ...Contreras wrote:Doesn't everybody?
From my experience, you have to perform like how you have practiced. If you closed your eyes in Practice, close your eye in performance. Changing only make it worse.dtoh wrote: ↑Wed May 01, 2019 1:48 pmIt depends.
If I play from the score, then I don't look at my hands at all.
When I'm memorizing, I rely heavily on remembering where my fingers go and look very carefully.
After I've memorized a piece, I work to internalize moving my hands based on the sound without thinking about the position.
If I play in front of people, looking at my fingers helps me to concentrate.
I have a theory that focal dystonia may be caused by looking at your LH too much.
You are right. I studied at Peabody and learned aim directed movement (it's big Aaron Sheared thing) I really don't remember using it. (I took almost 20yrs off guitar and started to play last December) Now I am figuring out technique and it feels new.
Good point, guit-box. Standard practice for me is to place the print music in my peripheral vision when the playing involves position shifts.