Training SSF4AE is like practicing the piano.

I’ve been practicing SSF4AE with Chun-Li, but some inputs like Kikosho (236236+PPP) are really hard. I guess for people who already has the muscle memory it’s not that hard, but for me it’s very awkward….

D said Blazblue is a bit easier so I tried its training mode. Challange 1 and 2 were easy enough, but then challenge 3’s loooong combo is… not any easier! I needed to spend at least 20 minutes to clear the first trial in challenge 3.  

But anyway, this reminds me of piano training back in the day. When encountering very difficult “passage”(phrase) in a piece, you need to practice first slow, then add some dots to change the rhythm, and a bit faster…. and so on. If you can’t do it on the day, practice for a half hour then stop. On the next day, for some reason you can do the phrase way easier than the day before. I think the muscle memory is built while you’re sleeping or something, but “practice, then stop and wait till tomorrow” works well for me.

A few weeks ago, I suddenly remembered Mozart’s “Twelve Variations on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, Maman’ ”, a.k.a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Variation”(K265), and started to play it on the piano. Although I played the piece a lot in the past when I was a child, my fingers forgot how to play it. On some passages(phrases), my fingers just stopped moving. I tried to practice like I mentioned above, “slow, add dots, and faster” to sort of loosen my fingers. Still, though, I couldn’t play it fluently on the day. After a while I just stopped playing it and forgot about it. A couple of days later I remembered it again and tried it. Then Voila! I could play it very fluently as though my fingers got the muscle memory completely back. (By the way, I’m always amazed how many pieces my fingers can remember to play without me looking sheet music.) It just requires some stimulation(or practice) to remember them.

When I tried Training Mode in SSF4AE, I do the same thing. Try to practice one combo or command input for a while, then stop when I feel like I can’t do it on the day. Next day, my fingers move better than yesterday and some commands are easier then.

Definitely muscle memory needs some rest to be activated (Just like total body muscle training).

But…. Kikosho command (246246+PPP, aka double fireball, or the same as Shinku Hadoken), I have yet to be able to pull easily. Maybe 1 in 8 times? 

Maybe it’s easier if I use Arcade stick? Or just simply needs more practice? 

Anyway, the muscle memory is under construction.

If anybody has good tips for how to pull the move precisely, please lemme know!!