Today, in piano lesson, when I was asked to play a piece (The Girl from Ipanema) for a friend, I played. And something unexpected happened while I played--I made a mistake (that's not the unexpected part). It was a series of wrong chords--however, I kept playing with any pause or hesitation, as if the notes were right. That has never happened to me before, being able to play on decisively even though I was aware that the notes were wrong. Is it the fruit of my practice all these years?
I don't know. But I thought it was pretty amazing.
And, lifting your fingers before playing a following chord in the bass clef of Gymnopedie No. 1 (by Erik Satie) helps reduce the loud thud of a piano.