because whenever one has more or less mastered something with their instrument, it’s executed by the body without needing much of the head, like when you really know it you can play it with your eyes closed, you can play it and think about how you’re getting home tonight, you can play it and at the same time be somewhere else. because of all that, often when teaching somebody something thats new and/ or tricky for them to play, i ask them to recite the months of the year backwards or do a math problem or tell me about their morning. i figure since once you know it, the mind doesn’t seem to need to think about how to do it, that perhaps we speed up the learning by moving more quickly into that zone where the mind can do something unrelated to the physical task. I don’t know if i’m right or wrong, ┬ájust intuition.

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