[Menvi-discuss] Some problems with music memorization

Eileen Scrivani etscrivani at verizon.net
Mon Apr 15 11:59:38 EDT 2019

Hi Eden,

As a violin player I can’t read & play at the same time either. I find it is helpful if possible to have a recording of the song & do your best to sing or hum the melody. When I sit down to start learning a song, I do several go-throughs with the braille music. First I learn to play a few bars until I can play them well and then move on to the next couple of bars and so on until finally I have learned a phrase. I will repeat playing the phrase a few times before moving onto the next bit. I don’t worry so much about dynamics at first but as I learn the piece then I try to start adding in the dynamics. 

When I go into my lesson my instructor tells me when/where I may not be playing the correct dynamics which I find helpful.

Good luck – it is a slow process.


From: Eden via Menvi-discuss 
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Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Some problems with music memorization

HI everyone,
I'm coming along ok with my harp, and I can even get through learning whole songs. However, after I learn it, I can't easily reproduce just small portions of it. In other words my teacher can't get me to easily recall what notes were played. I am able to get the muscle memory, but then I can't recall the notes. This causes problems especially if my fingering is wrong and my teacher tries to correct me. What types of methods have helped you learn to memorize? Do you find you're able to store multiple songs with also lthe correct notes in your head. For instance, if I want to convert a song to piano from harp, I can't because I don't remember the notes just where my fingers should go. I do read braille music, but I obviously can't read and play at the same time. Please help, I feel ddumb!


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