I played piano for a few years until junior high where I played clarinet right through until the end of high school. Now my children are learning piano through Music For Young Children. Music taught me a lot about deliberate practice and how I could approach studying other subjects.
In martial arts, and in life, as in music – timing is everything. The issue becomes apparent when someone is trying play a piece and is speeding up the easy parts and slowing down the hard parts. There are three easy fixes that are not always clear:
1. Stop playing the whole piece from start to finish in hopes that the difficult parts will somehow become less difficult with them adjacent to the easy parts. This is a waste of time and energy.
2. Practice the hard parts over and over, breaking them out. You already know the easy parts, so nail down the difficult parts and then put the whole piece back together.
3. Nobody likes to hear a piece with a mismatched tempo – and a combination of techniques that runs out of control only to slow to a crawl during a highly technical portion doesn’t work either. If you can’t get the timing down fast – slow the whole piece down to as slow as you need to go for the difficult portion.
Make it yours,