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    Ariel Polycarpo
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    Hello all! Just wondering how many of you learn and play music by memory regularly. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advanced…

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    Anteros
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    I’m trying to learn to read music while learning to play violin at the same time. I do find it easier to work on intonation and proper bowing when I’ve already memorized a piece.

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    Ariel Polycarpo
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    Yes, I agree with you. There are many benefits of learning a piece by memory. You can focus on intonation and bowing, and even look at a mirror if you need to. Anyone else?

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    Iestyn Tyne
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    With folk music, I tend to ‘pick up’ a piece by ear anyway as it isn’t always readily available as sheet music, but often available in recorded form. Also, I find that no matter how much I practice something off the paper, learning it by listening to someone else play it, and taking it off the paper, is the best way to put my own stamp and ‘feel’ to it! That said, when I play with the band I am the only fiddler, so I have more freedom to experiment and improvise. I can’t speak from a classical musician’s point of view as most of what i play is folk! 🙂

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    Ariel Polycarpo
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lestyn. When I perform solo (not within an orchestra, of course) I feel more free to express myself too! I don’t feel a slave of the score, and I become more creative too.

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    Musicloverk
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    I have never been able to play well purely from memory although I do memorize much of what I am practicing. It’s like I need to see the music for security but also need to know it well enough to play automatically, not having to translate it as I go along.

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    Priscilla Gaskins
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    are there some easy tips for memorizing?I had to memorize all the time when I was a child taking piano- but as an adult I am having trouble memorizing

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    beccafico
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    Smelling rosemary is supposed to increase memory by 75%. Smoking marijuana on the other hand has the opposite effect.

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