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Oliver
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I have a simple question.

If I had to memorize a piece of music I have my choice here of the violin or piano.

But I have come to realize that I can memorize music much easier on the piano. 

How come ?

Does anyone else have a 2 or more instrument situation where such comparisons can be made?

 

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Daniel
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Same here, but with a violin in comparison with a recorder. I think it depends on the instrument that you have the more inclination to. I think the instrument picks the player XD

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Oliver
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Funny you should say that!

I have long admired a purple tenor saxophone hanging on the wall in Sam Ash up in Ct. but I'm a Southerner now.

Maybe I missed the boat !

 

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Fiddlerman
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June 24, 2011 - 11:12 pm
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How many years have you been playing the violin now? It's probably just easiest to memorize on the instrument that you are most familiar with.
I try to play right before bed when I want to memorize something. 

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I have fooled with a keyboard for much longer than I've been playing violin.
I think the reason that the keyboard is easier to deal with is that there are fewer things going on as a distraction.

Here are just a few violin dynamics that don't happen on the keyboard:

sounding point
bow pressure
bow speed
bow direction
left hand position
left elbow position
violin hold
left fingers positioning (intonation)
vibrato
bow tilt

…. just to name a few.

The keyboard only requires a simple press of a note(s).  That may be less spectacular than the violin, but is certainly more  user friendly.

 

 

 

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bob.andrews
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Actually there is ALOT more going on in playing the keyboard, organ, piano. Just ask a new learner. The music sheets for a violinist and a piano player are (to me) night and day. I see so many notes on the piano version I just cut out the middle man tie my fingers in knots and ask my brother to embarass me lol. I think its easiest for you to memorize in the piano versions as it was if not the first instrument you learned and stayed with one of your favorites. I played trumpet from beginning of junior high through high school about (cough mumble cough) years ago. Now that i am forcing myself to re learn music in a format I have wanted to learn for years I find my mind is actually recalling some musical notes from the trumpet. Attempting to put fingering and sheet music back inmy head. Now if I just had an auto conversion from distant past brass to modern day violin I would be set.

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I can only tell you a funny remark from a violin teacher who took on some very young students .... "I feel I have accomplished something if they learn to hold the violin after the first year."   I wouldn't have that much patience!

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