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{5} THERE IS A BENEFIT AS WELL TO REMAINING AWARE OF A PHYSICAL MOTION FROM INSTANT TO INSTANT THROUGH TIME.

May 9, 2017

 

{5} THERE IS A BENEFIT AS WELL TO REMAINING AWARE OF A PHYSICAL MOTION FROM INSTANT TO INSTANT THROUGH TIME.

Once we have learned to separate muscle feelings from sound impressions (see 3 and 4), we can remain aware of the physical feelings alone.  This will result in our understanding the true continuity of the physical motions we make while playing.  That there is never stasis but all is in flux and motion, although sometimes the motions are too small to be easily visible.

WHEN THE HANDS HAVE TO CROSS EACH OTHER

To give just one of many examples: consider crossing the hands.  In Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” there are many places whose rendition is much harder on the single keyboard of the piano rather than on the two or more keyboards of certain harpsichords.  This is because voices cross, and with them, the hands have to cross each other horizontally.  And in such a way as to not impede each other’s motion.

The ideal case would be if our hands were not solid but could pass through each other and emerge, each intact, on the other side.  What we can do, however, is to study how the hands want to cross each other, something we can only keep track of only if we are aware of what the hands are doing at every sub-moment of time from when they start to cross them to when they are already crossed.

If we do this we will surprised at how many components there are to what first seemed to us like a single action.  If we cross the hands slowly enough we discover places where one or the other hand wants to alter its direction and course.  We find places where the hands, rather than wanting to avoid touching each other, would rather smoothly caress each other as one passes just on top of the other, a caress that is enjoyed instant by instant until it is completed.

In the future, my intention is to dissect a variety of physical motions to learn what the hands the fingers want to do if they allowed to “express” themselves to our consciousness.

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