Today as I was playing through my Keith Jarrett Bebop Lick in all 12 keys, I discovered a new thing about my learning process.
Stage 1: I have to think hard about the fingerings of the phrase in each key.
Stage 2: The fingerings become natural, and I’m able to play the phrase quickly and naturally in any key.
Stage 3: Just kinda discovered this – my fingers know what to do, but my brain begins to doubt my fingers, and I start tripping up on things that were easy just a few days ago. Then I have to go through the psychology of assuring my conscious mind that my fingers know exactly what to do, and there is no need to interfere.