memorizing pieces

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slofinger
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memorizing pieces

Post by slofinger » 15 Feb 2005, 21:19

Hi I'm new here and have been playing for about two years and I'm in my late forties, I reckon I 'm about grade 5. Can anyone recommend methods for increasing the speed of the memorization process and generally increasing ones musical memory power. I guess this is quite a complex issue as maths, aural and visual memories are involved, any tips at all would be appreciated.

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Post by slofinger » 16 Feb 2005, 10:46

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Post by fumbler » 23 Mar 2005, 15:15

Hi,

Dinu Lipatti said that you should break the piece down into many small parts, then thoroughly master each part, then start to string them together. It's the method I use, just slog through a few bars, or even one bar, at a time until mastered. Well, in my case it's more like memorised than mastered. Just constant repitition, I guess. I do notice that sometimes the most simple phrases are the most difficult!

By the way Lipatti was asked to perform the Tchaikovsky B flat m concerto, when he was already at his peak. He replied that he would need three years for preparation, and for the Beethoven Emperor four. In the end he performed neither.

Rgds.

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Post by slofinger » 23 Mar 2005, 16:07

thanks

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Post by Geminoz » 24 Mar 2005, 01:47

Hi
I agree with fumbler...break the pieces down to small sections and practice, practice, practice. :)

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