Mr. Boomer was right. This tall, lanky guy with very long fingers (he was my piano teacher…so I remember those fingers well) had the talent of, sitting with his legs crossed and his music-lined notedpad on his lap, whistling a tune and simultaneously writing the music for that song – for both your right and left hands. Impressive to an elementary school kid. I had a hard time reading all those notes…and he had the notes to all these songs…in his head. Wow!
Well, anyway, he always said that…while you were playing the current notes, you had to look a bar (or measure) ahead to see what was coming – and anticipate it. That way you were able to make the music flow.
And, you know, that lesson is applicable to so many other things in life. Like starting to turn the car BEFORE you are in the middle of the intersection. As a professional speaker, for smooth transitions, I’m always thinking about what section is coming next. And, on Saturday, I realized that anticipations are helpful when you’re trying to learn a new line dance, too!
Where can you use the skill of “anticipation”? Does that Carly Simon song “Anticipation” keep popping in your head when you read that word?
Dr. Jo is a PhD nutritionist, registered dietitian, and author. Her upcoming book, REBOOT YOUR ENERGY, will be published in spring 2013.