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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetsplus, Jul 9, 2011.
Real fast... Dizzy Gillepsie bepop fast!
I think a lot of it has to do with how we are taught in our younger years. I look at high school bands today (I had a granddaughter playing in one a couple of years ago) and I noticed they carried music on the field (you know, those ugly/awkward lyres). I told her and some of her friends in the band that when we were in school we did a new half-time show every week and we never carried a sheet of music on the field or in a parade. They couldn't comprehend doing that today and in general I don't think anyone wants to work that hard, especially some of the teachers.
I can still play a lot of the music we played then (50 years ago) and I still find myself playing a lot from memory on some of the things we do today although some of it is because in my old age I can't read as fast as I once did.
I would love to pay without using the dots on our bands signature pieces and would love to hear any advice on how to improve in this area
I don't think I have THE only method for memorizing music but what I do is to play over & over a measure at a time and keep adding a measure till I get it. One other thing I think is key is to have the piece firmly ensconced in my mind, I can sing or hum it. I think you have to be able to hear it in your head and then you can pull it out when you need it.
I find that playing a piece over and over again in its entirety works for me. And I agree with being able to sing or hum it really helps ground the piece in your memory. When I memorize pieces on guitar I have to remember the positions as well as the notes and knowing the melody and the total the sound of the piece in my head really helps when I get to a sticking point. If I know the melody in a particular arrangement well enough the accompanying positions seem to fall into place much more easily.
Not to worry - a local HS band actually does the same thing [different halftime shows every week, memorized]...repetition is key for me, and listening to a song over and over helps, too...I also have some piano training to help with that, but I find it easier to play by ear on trumpet, but transcribe in concert pitch [trait from the piano]...
I can't play by ear well enough to do it in public. I can memorize music if I have to, but I like dots. There's plenty of fun (and profitable) playing to be had playing dots, so I'm not worried about it.
This will allow the melody line to be well appreciated, but it does little to help one to actually memorize how to play a piece, unless such a unique person has perfect/relative pitch and an audiographic memory [the photographic memory equivalent]
Going over it and over it with the instrument in hand is the best way to do this as we are most working with muscle memory. When you get a tune "under your fingers" you don have to think twice about playing the song or phrase, once the song or phrase pops into your head.
I agree -- life is easier with the dots --- although bringing back my recall of Italian and latin for HOW the music is supposed to be played ---- well that is like that spaghettig -- adante ((ie. Al dente)) --
I can play my Hammond B-3 by ear... but on my trumpet... I just can't get them to reach the keys!