1° About Bach
I have exchanged many e-mails with Mr Chang last year.
As my goal was to play the Well Tempered Clavier, I was struck that his method relies on Right hand left hand separation and not voices separation.
He uses the two-part inventions because the voices are distributed in both hands. But when it comes to the three-part inventions, it does not apply anymore. If you do not separate the voices, then you play the notes, but not the music.
He told me that he love Beethoven, Chopin, Lizst etc but was not very attracted to Bach.
In fact, the way music was written changed around 1750 from polyphony (several voices singing together) to melody with chords (or Alberti bass at the beginning). So the left hand and right hands are really separated in Mozart or Beethoven and Chopin.
It does not work like this with Bach. You have to concentrate on the voices.
I like Mr Chang a lot. But after practicing his method a few months, I discovered that I could not sightread at all. So I stopped.
2° When Mr Chang speaks of muscle memory, he means that if you memorize by repeating two hands together, you rely entirely on muscle memory and after a while, you do not know what you are doing.
Keyboard memory is a both a visual and a kinetic image of the keyboard (and you fingers moving on it). You see your fingers on the keyboard and you feel them moving.
It is an important part of memorizing.
But there are other parts that are as important.
One is vizualisation of the patterns (Leimer-Gieseking).
Another one is understanding the harmonic patterns.
And when I have received the book about mapping, I will post about it.
In my opinion, reading books is interesting. But it is only through practicing them that we can really find if a particular book is the right tool for the next step on our way.
Learning, whether with a teacher or without at a particular moment is basically a trial and error process.
This (self)discovery is what makes it so exciting, isn't it ?
I am looking for the method of memorization that will not rely on mechanical repetition and that is a creative process.
I posted in this forum because I am very interest in the input of the teachers.
Should I have posted in the pianist corner ?