Barbara DiNenno wrote:
Thank you very much. I appreciate the encouragement. I find it very difficult to memorize music. I really don't try, it is so hard. But I shall try again. Do you have any suggestions for how you memorize a piece?
Here's a few things that have helped me to memorize parts:
1.) Stay Positive. Sounds obvious but it's 90% of battle right here. Decide that it is going to happen and that your going to do it. Don't think things like "I'm just not the kind of person who...
" or "I'm not naturally good at ...
" Staying positive helped me realize that I would much rather change some of my habits than let my habits keep me from getting to the next level of technique. To put it another way, it is helpful to realize that the experience of learning classical guitar is supposed
to change a person.
2.) As you start to link the notes together into longer and longer sequences (and ultimately the whole piece), try to use the tactile sense in your hands and fingers as much as possible. Rather than trying to remember note names (A, B, C#,...) Think about what it FEELS LIKE (what movements your fingers make) to play a sequence of notes.
3.) Stay consistent and memorization will come on its own. Memorization is more of a by-product of familiarizing yourself with the material on a daily basis and allowing it to sink in over several days and weeks. In that sense, memorization is a goal that I keep in mind, but not something I pursue directly. I check often to see if I've reached memorization (so that I can work on expressive phases of the music), but if not I simply keep at it (review tip #1).
Hope some of this is helpful.