Something occurred to me today!
I was practicing the piano, just as I do almost every day, when suddenly I began to laugh! I have never been great at math, but today I realized that I’m using math when I practice the piano.
I’ve learned through the Master Key Experience, that there are seven ways we learn. One is Math and math = numbers. No, there is no multiplication or division, geometry, or trigonometry in musical scores, and they are not written in numbers. The notes are printed on two staffs; the staffs contain a LOT of information, but no numbers. Well, except for little tiny ones printed every so often – let me show you.
See those tiny blue circles? Those indicate which finger is to be used to play a particular note. They are so helpful, especially when my fingers feel clumsy and I hit wrong notes in a piece. I don’t always agree with the finger numbering, but I work out what would be best for me, and use a pencil to change it in the score.
What made me laugh, was that when I was playing, I realized that the finger numbers were what was running through my head! Here’s an example: I learned one of my mom’s favorite songs when I was about 14. When I think of it now, this is what is in my mind: 5, 3, 2, 1 – 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 1 – 4, 5, 4, 5, 3, 2, 1 – 2, 3, 5 – 2, 2, 2, 5 – 2, 5, 3, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2! See – math! It’s so entrenched in my head that as I was typing this, I went back and changed one of the numbers – like you would even realize it’s wrong – I crack myself up sometimes!
I also realized that I’m using several of the other ways – Athletic – because I’m moving my hands, fingers, wrists and feet when I play. Also, Intrapersonal, this finger numbering business is going on in my head. Of course, Music itself is a way we learn. I suppose I could stretch Interpersonal to fit this scenario as well, because at times, I’m counting out loud to keep myself on the beat: 1, 2, 3, 4 – for quarter noted in 4/4 time and 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & (for eighth notes in 4/4 time). I could say that I’m using Shapes – because what else would you call the notes on the page, except ‘shapes’? I haven’t come up with examples of how Language is used as a way to learn while I’m playing, but feel free to leave me a comment if you figure it out!!
“One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” ~~ Frank Herbert