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How to memorise music, in theory and practice

The question of whether anyone can memorise music was a hot topic of conversation at the magical Lot piano course for advanced amateur pianists, which I had the privilege to attend last week. Our insightful teacher Susan Tomes gave two … Continue reading

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Memorising music for beginners

A number of people have mentioned that they would like to try playing from memory, but don’t know where to begin. Why bother, some might ask, when you can just use the score? For me, playing from memory is not … Continue reading

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Strategies for Memorising Music

“Musical Excellence” edited by Aaron Williamon offers a wealth of sage advice for enhancing performance, including Jane Ginsborg’s wonderful chapter on memorising music. The chapter outlines some of the basics about short and long term memory but particularly focuses on strategies … Continue reading

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Music and Memory (book review)

Initially envisaged as a text to accompany an undergraduate musical composition classes, Bob Snyder‘s “Music and Memory” gives a fascinating overview of the basics of both cognitive psychology and musical structure. Perhaps most interesting of all is his unifying perspective … Continue reading

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Thinking Fast and Slow (book review)

‘Thinking Fast and Slow’ is an intellectual tour de force describing a life-time’s work in psychology that ultimately won its author Daniel Kahneman the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002. Although its immediate relevance to musical memory isn’t obvious, I … Continue reading

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Why do nerves make us forget?

We all know the symptoms of nerves – cold sweaty palms, shallow fast breathing, uncontrollably shaky limbs, the frequent and urgent need to go to the toilet, and a heart that’s beating double time while attempting to escape through the … Continue reading

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This is Your Brain on Music (book review)

When I first came across Daniel Levitin’s book “This is Your Brain on Music” I assumed it would tell me everything I needed to know about musical memory from a neuroscience perspective. But – fortunately for the future of this … Continue reading

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