Posted by: damon4pianos | March 29, 2016

Super Athletes

A Life-Changing Experience!

super athleteA well-known college quarterback once said that playing an instrument, such as the piano, is something that will ALWAYS remain within your inner being. It’s something that you can share with anyone and everyone within every age group. A pebble that makes that definitive “ripple effect” throughout your lifetime! Being active in sports is good, however, chasing the proverbial “sport’s rainbow” is like finding a needle-in-a-haystack that dissipates quickly as you age.

Learning to play the piano is not necessarily about aspirations to play Carnegie Hall, but an ongoing quickening spirit of energy and self-accomplishment–mind, soul, and body! Physiologist Homer Smith cites skilled piano playing as one of the pinnacles of human achievement because of the “demanding muscle coordination of he fingers, which require a precise execution of fast and complex physical movements.” This remarkable human ability provides an insight into the power of the brain responding to each command with controlled muscle impulses!

Author Michael Griffin states: “Consider Frederic Chopin’s popular but challenging Fantaisie-Impromptu. This work requires playing approximately nineteen notes per second. Each finger requires at least two vertical movements as well as lateral ones. Performing approximately 380 distinct motor actions within a few seconds, a skilled pianist can do all of this and still focus on the musicality of the work. Fantaisie-Impromptu requires the mastering of polyrhythmic demands, meaning two rhythms occur simultaneously. Almost every bar requires the right-hand to play sixteen notes against the left-hand twelve. This is a far cry from ‘Rub your tummy while patting your head.’ More complicated works have passages that require up to thirty notes and over 500 muscle movements per second.”

When it comes to complex muscle coordination, football players are not the super athletes of the world–but rather piano players of all levels are!

 

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