I am a keyboard player. I've been playing for 8 years now. The reason I ask this question about the purposes, differences and priority of theory and practice is that I've been noticing some resonating moments.
I studied theory myself and practiced by video mostly. Yet when I came to practicing reading notes or playing I noticed that theory isn't that much of need. When I read music sheets I look at the notes and play them. For me it doesn't matter whether the key is major or minor or what the name of the chord I play is.
I was wondering if other musicians notice that?
It happens so that when you play you don't have time to think about the notes and chords you play, but you think about how you play them. Does the minor or major even matter when you play from paper?
Let's imagine we have this piece (see image below). For a person who is playing it. Does it matter that it's E major, it could also be C# minor as far as I know. Does it matter what chords are considered to exist within the notes being played? I think only six things matter here:
- The sharps for the notes
- The triplet feel
- The pedal options.
- The dynamics
- The legatos
- The short fermata at the end.
The rest are simple notes that mean nothing really.