At the Jazz Club last month, this great musician explained to me that it just takes enough practice till your fingers learn. Can that be true? I've noticed that the stuff I've practiced the most works better when I'm not thinking about it.
I agree. Isn't this what practicing your scales, chords, licks, tunes and patterns is all about anyway?RootyTootoot said:I also find this phenomenon of "muscle memory" an interesting one. My observation has been that it starts to exist where a pattern of movement is practiced to the extent that it becomes possible with no conscious effort at all. So it's found in learned activities such as walking or eating. The activity is then performed without significant possibility of error. It seems to make sense to work from very simple movements. So on the sax this would mean very simple scale fragments and patterns. It seems to me that Coltrane, for example, may have employed this kind of technique quite a lot and in quite a simple and direct way, later in his career. Another interesting issue would be the way in which hearing and movement interact in this situation
Yes! And of course "it's all in the mind" (the brain). Like RootyTootoot, I find muscle memory to be a very interesting phenomenon. And I'll agree with renaissance man that there is no such thing, if you take it literally, but the brain somehow learns to send out certain signals to trigger the muscles and once this is ingrained, if can happen mostly on the subconscious level. Which is what I think Enviroguy is saying.Dog Pants said:I agree. Isn't this what practicing your scales, chords, licks, tunes and patterns is all about anyway?