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Thread #160976   Message #3821148
Posted By: Will Fly
17-Nov-16 - 09:19 AM
Thread Name: How do you play through mistakes?
Subject: RE: How do you play through mistakes?
Part of the problem is muscle memory. When you're fingering an instrument, you're mentally conditioning your muscles and co-ordination to a series of patterns. A chord sequence on a guitar, or a fingerpicking pattern is typical of a pattern series. I certainly visualise my guitar fingering as a series of geometrical progressions or shapes up, down and across the fingerboard.

A wrong note can be a factor in breaking the flow of a pattern if that pattern is not sufficiently embedded. The fact that you can play through a broken guitar pattern - which, to be honest, is probably less complex than an accordion one - demonstrates that the guitar pattern is firmly embedded.

The answer, in my humble opinion, is to play slowly through your accordion pieces, keeping to a speed at which mistakes will either not occur of, if they do, can be played through. When you've played a piece a hundred times perfectly :-) - increase the speed until you reach your desired tempo. It's not just the old "practice, practice" mantra - it's a question of playing at a comfortable speed at which mistakes don't occur, and then gradually upping the game. The slow speeds will also help your muscle memory.

many years ago, I had a short series of "refresher" guitar lessons with a very talented guitarist in Worthing called Roger Kelly (he was the guitarist for Paul Young). His constant advice was: play at such a speed that every note is perfect.

Hope this helps.