Practicing Tip: Make it Emotional

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Practicing tip:

If you want to remember something, make it emotional.

Very often we can vividly recall times/moments of our lives that were very dramatic or loaded with emotion (good or bad). This means to me that we were very deeply involved with a given situation. We were living it with great intensity. And this imprints the memory of everything that happened very strongly into our minds.

We can use this same concept in our learning. Of course we don’t want to create super dramatic situations. But we can involve as much of our entire being as is comfortably possible:

  • Involve all your senses, track what you are playing/learning both with your physical senses and mentally (following along in your mind, visualize).
  • And, most important, bring the strongest purveyor of energy into the whole experience: bring in emotions.

Feel the music:

  • If the music has an overt emotional content or context, feel the emotion.
  • If the music itself doesn’t seem to trigger it – maybe because you are too busy with executing the notes – conjure it up. Imagine what the feeling feels like, remember a similar situation or a scene from a movie – anything that helps you get into the emotion. And then let this energy become part of your experience.

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