Hanon and looking at the keyboard

I can’t do Hanon and look at the keyboard at the same time. It’s too much at once. I’ve never been a big fan of DO NOT WATCH THE KEYS. I figure we have eyes, we might as well use them. But Hanon moves too fast for eyes. I’m also trying to do them in occasional other keys, which can get sticky.

On the whole, I’m both frustrated and heartened. The latter because I can sense that my ability to do fast fingerwork is much greater than I once supposed, and the former because I simply do not have the time I’d need to get it that good.

It’s very nice though, when you don’t have the mental free space to do much, to just crank away on the Hanons and get some improvement under your belt, even if the 30,000′ stuff isn’t accessible at the moment.