Muscle Memory

What does skiing, basket ball, ballet dance and playing the piano have in common?

Answer: muscle memory.

If you are proficient at a sport or performance art, you know what it is like to be in the “zone”. Your mind is in a relaxed state. Your muscles take high level instructions from your brain and then execute them smoothly without additional thought. A professional golfer or ballet dancer can not possibly process step-by-step instructions with his or her brain. The response time is not fast enough. Athletes train by drilling and drilling and drilling some more. All this hard work pays off when these movements are stored in muscle-memory – where information takes the much shorter route of going to the spinal chord and back instead of all the way up to the brain.

The same is true for playing the piano.

Watch Tommy play this very fast Chopin piece. Watch his eyes – can tell that he is in the “zone”?

To play like Tommy, you need to memorize the piece. Have you ever been to a concert where the pianist had sheet music in front of him?

To memorize a piano piece, you need to repeat it over and over again until it becomes second nature. Reading music notation and playing by ear are two very ways to commit a song to muscle memory.

For the last 400 years these were really the only two methods available. With the PianoMaestro, you now have a third.