Error Detection

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by Daniel Ales | Practice Tips & Tricks

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  I was listening to a podcast called “The Bulletproof Musician” by Noa Kageyama and he said something in the podcast that really caught my attention. For those who don’t know, “The Bulletproof Musician” is a podcast that researches practice techniques across multiple fields and applies those techniques to musical study. Anyway, Noa said: the first step in getting better at detecting errors is to first know what correct sounds like.When we know what correct sounds like, we musicians have a better chance of pointing out errors in our own private practice sessions. If we do not have a clear foundation of how our piece is supposed to sound, how do we know if what we are doing is right or not? You may be playing mistake after mistake all week long feeling very confidante about your progress only to discover at the next lesson that you not only have not progressed, but you have practiced incorrect habits that will now take even longer to fix. It amazes me that in a day when we can pull up any music we want on YouTube or Spotify or Pandora or iHeartRadio we rarely ever listen to the music that we as musicians are practicing on a daily basis. I truly believe that students should listen to the songs that they are practicing just as much as they play the songs that are practicing, if not more. One of the things I love about the group classes that I teach in my piano studio is that it forces students to listen outside of themselves. If a particular student is having trouble knowing when to get softer, when to get louder or what the rhythm is supposed to be or how the music is supposed to sound, then all they need to do is listen to their classmates around them to see if they’re doing it right. I believe that students who take Group Piano not only have more fun, but develop Error Detection skills faster than in private lessons.

If you want to listen to the Podcast, here is the link: