When learning a musical instrument, why do you feel that you can’t improve anymore (or even feel that you’re unlearning), then you go to sleep and the next day you feel that you’ve actually improved a lot?

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When learning a musical instrument, why do you feel that you can’t improve anymore (or even feel that you’re unlearning), then you go to sleep and the next day you feel that you’ve actually improved a lot?

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Your brain is still working on the problem while you sleep. You’re giving your brain the rest it needs to save the new knowledge to memory. Plus the added bonus that your consciousness isn’t getting in the way. I’ve had moments where I’ve quit in frustration for a few weeks and then see a significant boost when starting again. Brain power is pretty crazy.

I think sometimes it feels like you’re unlearning when you practice the same thing for so long that you get tired, and the technique gets sloppier/you make more mistakes. Progress is not completely linear and breaks are often needed!

Sleeping helps consolidate the neural pathways in your brain. While you are sleeping your brain is basically optimizing everything you learned that day, and the next day you feel like you are doing better than the previous day.