Sunday, March 13, 2011

How To Memorize Music - A Short Guide of Tips

1. Read the Music
  • Look at the key signature and time signature
  • Look for sections that repeat
2. Find patterns
  • Many phrases are often 4 bars
  • Can you find phrases that repeat?
3. Listen to the song, if possible
  • Read the music while you listen
4. Break the song into smaller parts(phrases)
  • Notice, you have not even played your instrument yet
5. Practice each phrase slowly and carefully
  • Striving towards perfect practice is good
  • Any mistakes made in the beginning will only have to be corrected later
6. Memorize each phrase
  • Use thoughtful, disciplined practice
  • Ask your self, “Where is this phrase going?”
7. Put the phrases all together
  • Do this one piece at a time
  • Sometimes it is helpful to move from the end back toward the beginning
8. Practice the song all together
  • Gradually increase the tempo
9. Pretend you are on stage and play your song
  • Where did you make mistakes?
  • Go back and work on these areas first
10. Perfect and play a real concert!

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