Memorizing Songs

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

  1. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

    Jul 14, 2009
    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

    Jun 18, 2006
    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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