I, too, find the memorization process a mystery. Some pieces stick right away. Others can be confoundingly resistant to memorization. There is one Scarlatti piece that took me some 25 years of working on, dropping, returning to, dropping, and returning to before I finally memorized it. No particular reason that I can discern. It just didn't want to stick until it finally did.HomerB wrote: ↑Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:34 pmI have long found it to be a mystery why some pieces "stick," and other pieces are more elusive. I have been able to memorize some pieces after playing through them a few times. Other pieces, including ones I like a lot, I have had great difficulty memorizing. It does not seem to be an issue of the number of notes, or even of the difficulty of the piece. I would appreciate your thoughts or insights.
When you say "learn," do you mean memorized? I come from a horn background. So, I often define "learned" as being able to play through with no mistakes, musical interpretations locked in, and knowing where my part fits in with the other musicians. I can reach that point with grade 5 stuff within an hour or 2. Harder stuff takes longer.
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