chapter  8
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Effects of Musical Complexity on Practice

In this chapter, we look at what Gabriela actually did in practice in contrast to the previous chapter where we looked at what she said. The practice record provides us with an outsider's view of the learning process-the kind of objective record of behavior that scientific psychology tends to be most comfortable with. This allows us to see whether the issues Gabriela mentioned in her comments while practicing correspond to what she was doing at the keyboard. To the extent that they agree, our confidence in the conclusions we draw are strengthened. There may be disagreements, and these may be informative too. Some practice goals may have seemed too obvious and mundane to mention, others too grandiose, and still others too vague or ineffable.