Violin slowing perception of time
Ok, it sounds like a joke, but I'm partially serious this time.
I'll be practising my scales in eighth notes with the metronome at some very high value (200+) and it'll seem to change speed when I'm playing versus when I'm not.
The metronome obviously feels fast at 250, but when I start playing it suddenly feels much slower, and when I stop it feels like it speeds back up again. I recorded myself, so I know I'm not falling out of time.
Perhaps I've finally approached David Krakovich's level of virtuosity and my playing is actually so good and fast it bends the fabric of reality—except in such a way that it sounds in tune (a sign that I'm not quite there yet).
I may be taking some kind of bait here but... when working up a piece to a higher tempo (um, not 200), I've noticed similar things happening. And I think this is called "flow" or simply: being fully present.
I said I was still playing in time. When I play, it feels much slower than X bpm, but when I listen to my own recording, it sounds like X bpm. As it should.
post the recording, because I really doubt you're playing as with the metronome as you think you are.
Pamela said what I was gonna say.
I'm trying to figure out what possible benefit there could be to practicing eighth notes at 200+. Set the metronome to a more reasonable tempo and practice sixteenths or 32nds. That constant ticking must be maddening.
I see this with students all the time; it's simple time dilation.
When I was a kid practicing Flesch, Schradiek etc. made time go slow.
My experience has been that when I can play fast passages with no trouble it's because they no longer seem fast to me,
I have trouble with metronome ticks at very low tempos (I subdivide in my head anyways), so I play my scales in eighths starting around 60 or 80 and ramp it up over time. Hence 200+ bpm.
If you have trouble with metronome ticks at low levels, then you are NOT subdividing in your head. That is the essence of playing faster and faster subdivisions at a relatively low tempo. This is a necessary skill and one I highly recommend you work on, rather than keeping the training wheels on by simply setting the metronome at a high rate.
Cotton, perhaps your metronome has a reversed polarity. Try removing the batteries and replacing them with the + and - leads pointing the other way. It sounds like your metronome might be beating backwards instead of forwards.
One thing that might be going on, and I'm serious here, is that when the brain is flooded with either adrenaline, or that other speedy neurochemical for which I forget the name, the brain starts processing more quickly, and memory improves. It's like going from 30 frames per second to sixty frames per second. It helps us deal with crisis situations. Like things going slo-mo in a car wreck.
Neural pathways are still physical ones. It takes actual time for the message from your brain to reach your fingers, and it's likely that the pathways to some fingers takes longer than others. However, your brain is convinced that all fingers are the same (regarding time to activate), so when it takes extra time for the finger to work, the brain adjusts its "clock* and this feels like time speeding up. The opposite is true for fingers that take less time to activate. Time appears to slow down.
Very interesting and perceptive responses to a subtle issue - musically and in every other way.
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