Hi I’m Vi Wickam and this is another myTalentForge.com Quick Tip of the Week!
I call this “Visualizing”.
Now, you may think “visualizing” is kind of a weird term to use for playing music. There’s been those studies that show if you visualize shooting baskets that you’ll make more baskets when you try again.
When I visualize playing music, usually what I’m doing is actually experiencing the feelings of playing that song and playing the song in my head, rather than playing it physically.
A lot of times- I do this as I’m going to sleep, or as soon as I’m waking up – I’ll think of a song, and I’ll play that song in my head.
So, I’m singing that melody in my head, I’m imagining how I would be playing this as I’m fingering it in my head. How I would be bowing it, in my head.
I’m just taking that moment of relaxed, stillness, and experiencing that song. And without fail, doing this makes it easier for me to play the song the next time.
So, visualizing might be a weird term for it, but take that time.
Experience playing the tune or playing a passage of a tune. Really sing it in your head, hear the beautiful tone that you’re making with your instrument. Hear the sound of those string changes.
Feel internally what those bowings or fingerings are going to feel like. Think your way through that song; experience the song without physically playing it.
And I think if you do this- well I know that it works for me… I think it will work for you! Give it a try! Play those songs in your head without picking up your instrument.
And the next time you pick up your instrument, I think you’ll find that song is just a little bit easier.
I’m Vi Wickam and this your TalentForge Quick Tip of the Week! I will see you next time!
ps. If you would like to dig into this topic deeper, consider Dr. David Wallace’s series on Memorization.