Why We Keep Making Mistakes
Perhaps you know how it feels to make a mistake; thinking “OK, I know what that
was supposed to be, so lets start all over again to make it
right.” (“Analytical” brain).
Then, replaying, you make the exact same
(“Reptilian” brain). (Darn!) You tell yourself:” That note right there
is WRONG! I must NOT play it! (Hammer it a few times for extra effect; wrong note, bad note!).
Play again- and exactly the same mistake again! (Slamming the lid down in frustration!)
Since You “Get it” Why Can’t You Play it Right?
The part of your brain that controls movement, and what your hands and fingers do, does not understand NOT. Neither “Don’t” nor “Shouldn’t”.
In its’ happy little world it only understands DO! When you say
“Do NOT play that note” it translates it as “DO play that note!”
"Show" Your Hands/Fingers/Arms/Body What to Do, Correctly and Slowly.
It takes much longer to UN-learn a mistake than to LEARN it right from the start! (Heard that before?)
Obviously our brain is much more complex than this. But I have
found it helps when you practice piano to visualize the two parts; the
analytical part of our brain- the “intelligent” part, and the
“reptilian” part that is like the machine- it can’t do anything without
proper instructions, but once learned can keep doing it forever.