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#33380 - 07/25/05 03:59 AM Memory Strategies
Debbie Channell Offline
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I am a piano performance major at the University of North Alabama and I am preparing for my junior recital this fall. I am beginning to get a little nervous and I am wondering if you have any suggestions on concreting my memory. Whenever I perform, I get very nervous and am scared to death I am going to get lost in the middle of my piece. One of the things I am trying right now, is memorizing my piece backwards. . . for example, for the first movement, I start at about the last 6 or 7 measures and memorize that to the end of the movement. Once I have those down, I back up to the next group and memorize those to the end....
It is a very tedious proccess, but I guess that is the nature of memory work! Do you have any other suggestions that I can try?

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#33381 - 07/25/05 04:24 AM Re: Memory Strategies
Dolce Offline
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Sorry - I answered, then realized you wanted to hear from Jason, not me.

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#33382 - 07/26/05 03:02 AM Re: Memory Strategies
Debbie Channell Offline
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Actually, Dolce, I'd love suggestions from anyone! The more the better! Feel free to post.

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#33383 - 07/26/05 03:57 AM Re: Memory Strategies
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All right - here are the ideas:

Choose a phrase and:
1. Find chord tones and recognize non-chord tones
2. Reverse the articulation
3. Speak the inteval movement of the melody
4. Switch registers

Drill a section and:
1. Alter the dynamics
2. Create and sing lyrics as you play
3. Watch only the melody hand while you play both hands
4. Alternate playing RH and LH measure by measure

Analyze the form and create a story

Play the piece unrecognizably slow with extreme concentration

Play with your eyes closed.

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#40746 - 02/19/09 09:47 AM Re: Memory Strategies [Re: Dolce]
mar Offline
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One other piece of advice from someone who has coached young children, is to play for at least four different events or friends before the real event. Playing by yourself is NEVER going to feel like a performance. Soooo, set up four events for yourself. Retirement homes, After school programs, friends in your home, at your friends house, get the idea? It will help your confidence.

Hope this is helpful. Interesting topic, since everyone is different in their tactics. Good luck to you.

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