The nervous system craves differentiation and asymmetry. It is the process through which we learn. For instance, it's hard to listen to an album that is all one groove; eventually our minds lose interest and leave the scene. It is the differentiation of tempos that keeps our primal interest - what's going to happen next? This is where classical music excels as a tool of expression. Rather than laying down a beat and playing everything on top of a click track, we use tempo itself as an element of expression with subtle manipulations.
This type of music is a deep art and begins as a practice, whether you're learning Aunt Rhody or playing late Beethoven. It doesn't matter to me what piece I am teaching because it is always a process of building and blending awareness - feeling your body while executing a technique. So many hemispheres of the brain are involved at any given time. If a lesson is run well, it should always be an uplifting experience because your brain is going off like a sparkler.
The work of lessons is in coming up against resistance. What happens when we come up against something we can't do? Do we bang on the door with 10,000 repetitions or do we turn the knob and walk through? Can we develop the patience to take the small steps that will get us there?
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