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by lemonhead
(23 posts)
10 years ago

Memorizing

I have heard that I have to memorize tunes to be really good. There's just one problem. I really stink at remembering things. Anyone have advice on this.

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  1. by FredCDobbs
    (77 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Memorizing

    lemonhead: Like anything else, some people are better at this than others. But If you play the same tune several times a day, in about a week, whether you want to or not, you will begin to memorize it. If it's rather complicated, you'll do it in about two weeks. At some point in the process, just step away from the sheet music. You'll be surprised. The more you do this, the less time it will take in the future. It just takes time, but you have plenty of that (your whole life). Good luck.

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    1. by karebear1012
      (395 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Memorizing

      if you play the music a lot, your fingers will be able to naturally play the song. don't expect it to happen overnight though, you need to practice practice practice. My band directorin middle school used to make us memorize the pieces we were playing because she said it made us naturally add emotion to the song (which can be hard to get out of middle school bands...),.

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      1. by definition
        (963 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Memorizing

        PLaying them, and and listening to them. I can these days remember almost all the music I played in high school jazz/concert/marching/etc bands without thinking about it That was nearly 7 years ago

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        1. by SaxMan88
          (318 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Memorizing

          I must be gifted *smiles* All I have to do is play a piece (usually one I like) quite a few times and I can do it almost flawlessly without music in front of me. Most of the time nowadays the music is just in front of me for reference. So there is my secret. Repetition. And of course, it always helps if you like what you're playing. Good luck!

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        2. by YanagisawA-901
          (312 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Memorizing

          yea i almost have to have most of my jazz tunes memorized. i play in a big band style jazz band. so we have all the saxes up front. and our music stands for the front for "appearance" are like..3ft tall or somthin stupid with "curley jazz" on the front.. then the mic and mic stands get in your way so there is no way you can really see your music. so you hafta have most of the notes and rythems memorzed. speically if youh have a solo. theres no way you can look at your music, play your solo with all your skill and make sure your into a mic at the same time. but as for the question. if you practice it at least once a day youll habitually just start memorizing bits and pieces and then eventually you can put it all together

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      2. by TANGO SIX ONE
        (255 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Memorizing

        The Knights Templar advise training to have photo graphic memory .It can be trained you do not have to be born with it. Also train your memory with your ear and train yourself to get perfect pitch if you havent already.Now this makes the job a lot better.It may sound difficultbut its not with the right training.Its the only way if you wish to get on fast.Having said this you still have to have the aptitude and the creativity.But this develops automatically while developing these skills.Spend time seeking out a good pro or a mind specialist its worth it .(BIrd Lives)

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        1. by northernsaxman
          (5 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Memorizing

          The best thing I have found in memorizing a song is the 5 step. Starting with the last phrase of the music, play it 5 times for rhythem, 5 times for dynamics, 5 times for notes, 5 times for tone, and then 5 time from memory. What this does is helps learn the peice faster. And when u get all 5 parts of 5 down without flaw, then move back to the 2nd to last phrase; and then repeat doing the 2nd to last and last phrases. If you work the whole peice this way, and stay honest about it, memorizing a peice will only take a few days, and it is finger trained so u dont even have to try to visualize it. Good LUCK! Sincerely

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          1. by martysax
            (148 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: Memorizing

            I've internalized a lot of songs over the years simply by listening to a recording (typically while driving to a gig) and replaying it in my head. When I have free time I work it out without reading by continuously playing it over and over, mistakes and all. After a few runs, I get it down, then I go to the next one. When I finish learning the second song, I play the first over again.

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            1. by barimachine
              (323 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: Memorizing

              first your should know how to play the piece at the speed you want to getting it up to speed then just put in about 15 minutes a day for about 5 days or shorter however hard and youll start to learn it. CRAMMING DOESNT WORK... well for some and when you get good it does but just trying to cram is still hard. when i was trying to learn confirmation i kept getting messed up... i tried to cram i memorized it after hours, at parker speed, and then i tried to play it the next day and id mess up. Also doing part of it and then getting rid of the music is good as well, i like that method

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