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I was just wondering how other people go about memorising longer pieces, I tend to keep playing them over and over till it starts to sink in. has anyone got any tips or ideas? apart from repeating slowly many times.
I know youre probably questioning classical music here, but for me it helps to find a version of a tune/song thats close to what im going to learn and listen to it ( yard work/driving/ ) any time i would liaten to music. helps to get tune in head so you can whistle or hum it. probably not practical for longer classical pieces but possibly a strategy for those trying out a new fiddle type tune.
There might be something here that is helpful.
Think there's a few threads elsewhere about how how our brain (and memory) is supposed to be so much better off because we are learning & playing an instrument.
Don't think you could prove it by me! 🥴
Here's a bit of food for thought -
Can't remember if I touched on associating strong emotions with what you don't want to forget - fear, hate, excitement, love. Associating strong reactions to what you've seen, tasted, smelled or touched - any additional information (more is better) can add another protective layer of help to cement stuff, in long-term memory.
If you can concentrate on, maybe describe out loud, an image of a situation, person or even a ideological belief that stirs up one of your primal emotions, during playing/practice - it could be a great way to reinforce all the information.
Wouldn't associate anything horrific that could cause a case of PTSD! 😳
🤔... now, where did I leave my fiddle? 😱
Some good ideas there. Greg you are right I was thinking of classical pieces, I am working on one that is three pages long with no repeated parts in it, so you have to memorise all the pages, and I am struggling a bit with it, but good for a learning experience I suppose.
Emily going to try that link out later as I am in work at the moment but thanks in advance for posting it.
Many Classical music pieces have stories behind them, I think it can help if you can conjure up some imagery, but bottom line - isn't that the reason we have to learn to read the score?
Think AndrewH has mentioned elsewhere - try to memorize the difficult passages and where they are located.
I would memorize in smaller sections, then the order they are in.
What a GREAT challenge you've given yourself!