March 29 Flash Fiction Challenge – Fingering Automaticity

March 29, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fingers that fly. Think about the different ways we use our fingers and what happens when we add speed. Go where the prompt leads.

 Fingering Automaticity

“Shirley, why didn’t you take the exam for Piano Performance Certificate from Royal School of Music?”

“I’m not good enough.”

“You’re perfect.”

“Thanks, Sara. My friend started piano lessons before 5. See, the brain neurons connected to finger movements must be tapped on before 5 years old. With learning, practice, and repetition, the fingering becomes automaticity.”

“When did you start?”

“I started piano lesson from my mom at 8 years old. I had other piano teachers when my skills were advanced.”

“You’re my best accompanist.”

“Thanks. I’m happy to teach piano and accompany singers like you and my husband.”

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Early Childhood Development, Part 1

The following YouTube video is made by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. The basic architecture of the brain is formed from the beginning life of an infant. The neurons in the brain create simpler circuits first, and more complex brain circuits build on them later.

The simple circuits in the brain architecture include motor skills, language, visual, behavioral control, emotion, and memory. Fingering is part of the motor skills.

Charli Mills: Carrot Ranch – March 30 Flash Fiction Challenge

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