Hi Martin, good to hear from you and in glad you enjoyed it!Martin Bickerton wrote: ↑Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:12 pmNicely played Michael!
I think what you are talking about is a "Flow State" where your fingers seem to know what they are doing, and your mind is clear of distraction.
When you say:are you talking about focusing too closely on a specific task (as in Explicit monitoring theory) or getting distracted by random thoughts invading your mind?For me, memory slips happen when my mind specifically focuses on things that it shouldn't be focusing on
I'm talking about random thoughts entering my mind, and losing my practice state of relaxation and tensing up because of the situation, resulting in slips and mistakes. I think these are becoming fewer and fewer in my playing now though, mostly because of what I was outlining in my post above.
Marco Tamayo's book, Essential Principles for the interpretation on the classical guitar, is very very good for solving a lot of my mistakes, and one of the main principles is having a finger in contact with a string at all times if possible, whether it be resting the thumb on a vacant string or the a finger on a string adjacent to where i/m is playing. It really makes things feel secure in the right hand, and playing some of those arpeggios which were scary before have become a doddle when I'm aware of those things.