Thanks! I'm glad you found it meaningful and useful. I hope that others do as well.Erik Zurcher wrote:Dave, I can only endorse Nick Cutroneo's post above. I find his article about memorizing the best I have ever read. Thank you again, Nick!
================John D wrote:My memory isn't great but I can sight read really well and there is an argument that these 2 things are connected. One for later me thinks!
I found that by learning the piece in reverse really helped. Not actually backwards but start from the last bar or two and work your way back to the start. As a teacher I find many occasions where students play the first page well and gradually decline to the end. This is due,partly, to the amount of time spent going over the beginning and not actually getting to the end! If we start learning from the end when we play we are actually moving toward passages that we know better. This does work and can lead to a much more confident performance that improves as it gets nearer to the end.
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