There is a small section in a piece I'm learning (4-part hymn) that my brain, for some reason, can't cope with and nothing seems to work.
For weeks now I've tried, approaching from sections either side that are secure:
- playing at a v-e-r-y s-l-o-w tempo and being very strict in not trying to increase the tempo until secure
- As (1) but trying to get my fingers in position as quickly as possible
- As (1) but playing in reverse
- As (2) but playing in reverse
- Hands separately
- One part in each hand and permuting the parts
- Parts separately
- Transposing the section into different keys in the hope this might help
- Speaking the chord names loudly while playing
- Not looking at the keyboard while playing
- Looking at the keyboard while playing
- Playing dotted rhythms (short-long and long-short)
- Playing staccato
- Playing staccatissimo
- Singing each part
- Repeating each beat a number of times (4-8) before moving to the next
- Listening to the section played correctly on repeat for a hour (!!!)
- Various permutations of all of the above!
Yet nothing seems to work! When I feel very secure (step 1) the moment I add in an extra beat or bar (preceding or following) at the same slow tempo, my brain freezes up and it fails.
Any ideas? This is getting a quite upsetting now.