Hi guys, Bob and anyone else whos hasn't fallen asleep reading yet another pianomagic thread!!
I think Bob has just about covered most of it
I just have to add there is something really rather magical and re-assuring about knowing where you are and where a songs going when you are playing it.
The only way I can think of to describe it...is it is like when you learn to drive a manual/stick shift car (I know this analogy may be lost on those of y'all over there
) at first it is difficult to work out when to clutch and change gears and check your mirror and keep your eye on the road etc etc.
But years later you can just drive without hardly any mental effort at all, its all just so natural...well that is really kinda like what my playing is getting to now..at times it is almost automatic, I play with almost carefree abandon most of the time...sometimes I even drift away when playing to another world.
Admittedly I still have lots to learn to be totally satisfied with the way I play...but, I'll get there.
Bob hasn't quite gotten there yet ( but he's doing better than I was after the same amount of time) as he has only been there less than a year, I've been there 2 and a half years and the good stuff for Bob is on the horizon.
hope that helps?