Memorizing Songs

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

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    If this is for jazz/pop, use your ears. Listen to the song, and develop your playing-by-ear skills. You will learn the songs much faster (and become much more adept at playing musically) than just staring at the page. Most of the jazz/pop tunes I know were learned by hearing them, and all of the rock/country/r&b material I play were learned sans written music.
    When you get out into the real world (commercial, not classical) sheet music is not very common, so a professional career in commercial music just about requires you to be capable at playing by ear.
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The biggest problem in memorizing is not focussing. You need to learn to concentrate. A wandering mind is the major distraction. Having the patterns in the piece down also helps a lot. If you have invested a lot of time in scales and intervals, music just makes more sense.

    Memorizing by rote is a real pain.
     

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