How quickly habits set in.
I've been learning Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring for an upcoming family wedding. The score I have been working with has both standard notation and guitar tablature which pushes the pages to five. This is more pages than I need to be dealing with. For some reason the tablature is working fine for this piece so I decided to drop the notation and compress the score to two pages.
Tonight was the first time I was working with this and began with bar 39 which leads into an area with kinks to resolve. I kept getting lost. Deciding to begin with the first bar and establish the flow of Bach's majesty, I was again getting lost very easily. Then I saw the problem. By habit, when my eyes came to the end of a bar line, they were jumping over the next line as if the line of notation was still present. Laughing, I began again and lo and behold my eyes jumped again; a bit later once again
Habits, habits, habits. They develop below the level of my awareness, but then require dedicated awareness to release them. What's next?