02006-04-10 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

I think playing fast is not a matter of muscle, rather it is a matter of developing the neural pathways – which we train by practicing. So either way we can’t get around putting in the time.

In any case the smoother (meaning familiar) those neural pathways become over time, the faster the electrons can send the message to the fingers – or more likely we learn to anticipate the next movement!

Yes, I think if we wait to think the next movement-instruction, we are already too slow. I think that from practice comes the ability to flick off multiple instructions down that neural path – rather than sending one after another.

Of course I don’t know whether there is any research, on musicians or athletes for example, that could support my theory…


  1. Glenn

    When I first started my career back in 1977 my boss (and his bosses) drilled into my head, “You pay for your training whether you do it or not.”

    If you don’t invest the time, you won’t get the ROI. If you do invest the time, your efforts will be rewarded.

    Good luck in your music and on your blog. As I write this I realize you have given me the idea of recording my 12-year old as he plays his cello. Via my podcasting equipment I can make a CD for him to enjoy (or be embarrassed by) when he’s older.




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