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Quickness of Thinking in Music

I've come across many students of music where the lack of musicianship and theory was an impacting factor in their learning. I am a firm believer in making sure that one knows all of their major/minor scales and strong listening identifiers of intervals. The moment when one has trouble with remembering what is what, shows proof that their reading skills or finding notes also probably are lacking as well.

We are creatures of habit, so therefore if we train ourselves to respond to things quickly and almost without hesitation, we can overcome many obstacles. We can train ourselves to respond quickly to notes by repeating the names of the notes out loud, or saying a certain fingering and position out loud. This reinforces the brain in helping ourselves react with the quickness of our mind as opposed to seeing something and telling of muscles what to do.