My left hand displays unexpected musical talents
My jammer has a pair of symmetrical keyboards – in other words if you play Do-Rae-Mi with the middle, ring and little fingers of the right hand, you canalso play the same notes with the same fingers of the left hand. This means that notes go up away from your body, which totally bewilders some keyboardists – it verges on musical heresy!
However, this symmetry offers a big-time, huge advantage: you only have to work out one fingering for the new keyboard. Just to be sure I briefly tried out the other option – both keyboards going up to the right, but this was horrible - it more than doubled the work, and worse; the left hand just doesn’t work with the jammer scale going the wrong way: the fingerings were killer. Enough said: with the jammer’s Wicki-Hayden key layout the keyboards have to be symmetrical.
Now, while having to work out - and learn - only one fingering is good, the question remains: if one hand learns a pattern, does the other get an inkling of what to play as well? On all instruments I know of this question is moot (unless you practice years enough that the remapping is automatic), so we are into completely new musical (and possibly scientific) territory here.
A bit of background first; I have found that it’s best to have a minimum of 2 sets of music I am learning:
1. A relatively challenging new piece or two.
2. A short set list of songs I know relatively well – 80% or better, but that I can challenge myself to improve on (Rock Band 3 is great at encouragement). This practicing of a whole stream of notes – with immediate feedback of errors - seems to be just superb for skill growth and deep-lock-down.
So I have played several songs many, many times. One, Centerfold by the J Geils Band. I can play up to 90+% notes-correct with my eyes mostly closed (there are some sneaky turns that make it hard to get higher).
How much has seeped through to my left hand? It was simple enough to get the answer: 63% of the notes of the whole song - not just the chorus.
63% is surprising, especially considering that my neglected left hand isn’t as speedy or precise as its brother. 25% I would have though good, 50% excellent, 63% means that the left hand picked up 2/3 of a musical skill effortlessly.
This has implications . . .