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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001280.txt from 1999/01

From: "Tim Roberts" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] HELP!
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 13:34:52 -0500

On 25 Jan 1999 10:41:19 +1100, "Kate Alexander" wrote:
>Memorising and practising and playing your instrument use different
>parts of the brain depending on whether you are using your conscious
>(cerebrum) or the automatic system (cerebellum). (This is very
>simplfied). ... Once you start thinking about it,
>it moves it into the cerebrum and there, you might have problems.

This is entirely true. Last year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
play the solo piano part for Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G Minor with our
community band. As soon as I started concentrating on my fingers, I was sunk.
But if I cleared my mind and allowed the music to "flow", it did so far more
fluidly than I ever thought I was capable of.

And, oh, what a rush it is to get through a performance like that! I can
really understand what drives soloists to pursue such a stressful career.

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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