This Is What a Master Pianist Sees
Watching a master pianist tickling the ivories is a dizzying display of fingers, hands, and arms. But what’s going on in the eye is possibly even more impressive. Now, with eye tracking software and gadgets, we can get a sense on what’s really going when pianists work their way through a masterpiece—and the results even surprised the musicians.
These Tobii’s eye-tracking glasses are specifically built for researching human behavior, but the company also builds gadgets and software to help people with limited mobility interact with our digitally-dependent world.
Comparing the skills of a teacher and his student, we can see the intangible quality that separates the two. Where the pro’s eyes gracefully glide over the keys (or the sheet music), the student’s gaze is slightly more erratic, less controlled, and ultimately less confident.
It’s a completely different look into what exactly makes professional musicians so good at what they do and a fascinating insight into how our brains and bodies work.