Why the "Chaotic Measure" Technique Works for Performance Practice
The main idea behind the "chaotic measure" concept is that we are trying to break ourselves away from becoming too dependent on muscle memory. You might find that when your hands know a piece very well, when you go to perform you might mentally "check out" and let your hands do the work. Then, if you make a mistake, or the piano feels different or if something else changes unexpectedly, you may panic and have trouble staying focused on the music.
By practicing these chaotic measures, you're essentially keeping the song going in your head and making your hands follow your ear, your imagination or your brain rather than letting your hands be in charge. Your small mistakes will stay small and you'll be able to move on to the next notes, and you will have a lot of momentum in your performance even if you play a funny note here and there.
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