Let’s start with last week’s list, and what got done (or, as we used to say on Sunday mornings, “left undone”):

  • “To keep learning/memorizing La Valse” yes, good, very on progress
  • “To work the four movements of Stravinsky’s Les Cinq Doigts without memorizing any new ones” yes, the Allegro movement got the most work, Allegretto and Vivo both need a little more attention
  • “To work evenness in Mozart K332 mmt 3” YES, THIS WENT VERY VERY WELL, very glad I set the specific goal to “work evenness,” this week I may work something else like “transitioning from one section to another”
  • “To write about piano competitions” YES
  • “To write about chess study” NO

The truth is, I haven’t done enough chess study (even with Chess.com) to have anything substantive to say about it. I am still figuring out which lessons and techniques are leading me towards actual progress, and which are giving me the illusion of progress.

It’s also worth noting that I have to bring the right mental state to my chess study sessions — if I’m tired, for example, or if my brain is still trying to solve a different problem (e.g. one related to piano or freelancing), it’s much more tempting to give up and click “show hint” instead of, you know, thinking.

Piano doesn’t have a “show hint” option.

Neither does freelancing, really. That’s what I want to write about this week — HOW I GET ALL MY FREELANCE WORK DONE. This isn’t just a matter of scheduling, although that’s part of it. It’s really about loading up problems into your brain, letting ’em churn until they become draft-shaped, and then knowing exactly how much time it will take to get that initial draft out of your brain and onto the page.

So let’s do that for Tuesday, and a piano post for Thursday, and then next Tuesday I can write about WHEN YOU’RE LEARNING vs. WHEN YOU’RE TRICKING YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU’RE LEARNING w.r.t. chess, piano, freelancing, life, etc. etc. etc.

WHAT ELSE am I going to get done this week?

  • Finish memorizing the first page of SECRET BACH FUGUE (the one that someone really should try to guess, come on)
  • Memorize three more pages of LA VALSE
  • Memorize the Stravinsky LARGHETTO MOVEMENT
  • Work transitions between sections in MOZART K332 MMT 3
  • Work the two memory lapses I had when I performed MOZART K332 MMT 2 for my parents this weekend (more on this on Thursday)
  • Work the one memory lapse I had when I performed MOZART K332 MMT 1 for my parents this weekend

Interesting that all of this seems to be memory work, this week. Even “work transitions between sections,” since the trouble is that I’m having trouble loading the next section into my memory.

L and I have been talking about whether all learning is memory work, when it comes down to it — but that can’t be true, because you also need the “ability to act (instead of react) and use what you know to solve problems/make positive choices/make spontaneous connections/etc.” thing.


In fact, I’ll go ahead and schedule that post for Thursday, May 27 — to give myself the chance to really churn it over before I start writing anything down.

Happy Monday! ❤️

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