You might remember a previous blog entry where I compared Lego MyBlocks to chunks of complicated licks perhaps better performed from memory.
This idea has stuck with me. Here's a new spin...
- I had the student isolate a tricky passage.
- Then they memorized it.
- Then I had them play it a few times while looking out the window (hey, it was a beautiful day to watch them demolish the Heart of Columbia Hotel out my window).
- THEN, (and here's the cool part) I covered the passage in question with part of a post-it note.
- I asked the student to start somewhere before the passage in question and play through the part they had memorized.
I could bore you to death waxing on and on about the path from notation to sound concept to results and how most young musicians can't form much of a sound concept and how, in France, beginning music students must sight-sing before they pick up the instrument and blah blah blah. But I won't.
Instead, I'll just say: cool! A new one for my bag of tricks!
(mustn't get stale)