I picked up the guitar for the first time in months, years, at the weekend. How was it that I could play, without much struggle, songs I wrote over 2O years ago? I put it down to finger memory but what’s that, and why can’t I recall piano in the same way despite being able to play to a higher standard?
Here’s a definition I found. Turns out there is some disagreement in the combination of processes involved but repetition is key, as is avoiding disrupting the retention of motor patterns by moving too quickly to another practical task. It’s also considered important to correct mistakes straight away so they don’t replace chunks of the retained memories. Phew. Still, amazing ain’t it.
“Motor learning is considerably more than just muscle memory. It relies on the establishment of complex neural networks throughout the human movement system fostered through considered practice repetition in appropriate environments.”
More here http://theconversation.com/explainer-muscle-memory-17206
“People change over the years, and the you that is you never changes. Yesterday you were a kid, and tomorrow you’ll be old, and you think you’re the same person you were, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Music slices you in time.”
Now I don’t have the lexicon to intellectualise what is going on with contemporary dance, but my experience of Ballet BC at Brighton dome last week was a revelation. Three performances by three female choreographers for international women’s day, three quite spellbinding and emotional experiences – perhaps even more so by my inability to find the words to describe why or what.
Music was wonderful, especially Ori Lichtik.