As we all work through adapting to new social norms during this period, I got to thinking about how our expressions are masked by our … masks.
My thoughts shifted to how we pick up visual and aural cues in general, and specifically with respect to music and hi-fi.
We’re learning how to express ourselves and to be received without the benefit of either being able to display or read smile or a scowl – at least below the bridge of our nose.
So, we’re growing sensitive to small cues we may have previously overlooked – especially the expressiveness of ones eyes.
I had a music teacher who encouraged me to play with my eyes closed. It focused my attention on my technique, and quite frankly, I was amazed at the flaws I was overlooking – especially the subtle ones.
Of course, we’ve all heard about how your other senses are heightened when you shut one of them down.
It should come as no surprise that listening with your eyes closed can help when evaluating a hi-fi system.
I’m of the opinion that not only does closing your eyes free up neural processing to “hear” better, but it also has a relaxing effect.
Losing body tension should not be overlooked. It’s well documented how relaxation heightens performance – whether it be athletic or other.