If you paid close attention to the spreadsheet I shared in yesterday’s post, you might have noticed what I entered into the “results” column after recording Stravinsky’s Les Cinq Doigts:
very very very good best ever except something happened in the Moderato (a whistle?) and it distracted me
Here’s the recording in full. The whistle (which I assume came from L, since it couldn’t possibly have come from anyone else) happens at 3:39. It instantly distracts me, although it takes until 3:52 for the distraction to travel from my brain to my hands.
I’m actually trying very hard not to be distracted, btw — but thinking don’t think about the whistle, you know it came from L, he doesn’t usually whistle along with your playing but this isn’t a problem you have to solve is just as distracting.
Anyway, my finger comes down just slightly wrong at 3:52, and then I have to think about that for a while, and then I hit an actual wrong note at 4:28 (although you might not be able to tell because it’s harmonically valid), and then I reach the end of the Moderato movement, refocus as I begin the Largo movement, and move on.
It’s all data — and it’s all fascinating.
On the subject of data — if you’re interested in hearing me talk about Quantifying Practice, I’ll be doing a short demonstration and Q&A as part of Gathering 4 Gardner’s weekly Gather. Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. Central, more info here —and on the subject of here, here’s this week’s list of freelance articles! Some of these are pieces I wrote a while ago that have been updated and refreshed, and some of them are brand-brand-new. ❤️
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