Playing music is “the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” Seems that neuroscientists have discovered that when we listen to music, it activates many different parts of our brain, but when we play music, our entire brain functions symbiotically in a big way. it especially affects our visual, auditory and motor cortices, which makes sense as we are seeing, hearing and touching to make music. But what if you play with your eyes closed? If you do, you enable the brain to focus on the ear and hands and their relationship with the brain. In doing this, we discover that the visual sense in music can be a crutch, letting the ear get lazy on its duties and abilities. Practicing and/or improvising blindfolded may feel clumsy at first but try it and see if your ear will step up its game.
If you want to dig deeper into playing music, check out The Key of One book/DVD either here or on Amazon and get a jump start on your musical journey! As always, I’m here for lessons in person or via Skype.