I may have read this somewhere so its probably not original - but its new for me. Its come up primarily when I play scales - I'm hoping it spills over eventually but I'm not good enough yet.
Simply, I'm trying to imagine the note I play as it looks on the printed page. The idea is to eventually both 'see' the note as I play a piece and also to help me imagine the sound of the note when I see it on the page. [I find the latter to be crucial for difficult shifts for example.]
It sounds easy enough, but it was really hard at first - I am, however, gradually getting better.
Try it - close your eyes and play a 3 octave scale very slowly. For each note create a mental image of what it looks like on the music. Don't play the next note until you've succeeded. At first I could only get up to F (one octave up) on the E string but now I'm able to get to D - then I get lost in lines!
I was wondering also if there is anyone that does this naturally (perhaps also when listening to music too?) ? I'd love to coin a word for this (assuming of course that one does not exist) - how about 'pictaural' (picture aural)?
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