how to memorize viola music

Kandi Chan said: Oct 12, 2012
 1 posts

Anyone know a method to memorize violin/viola music?

Laurie Maetche said: Oct 12, 2012
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Viola
10 posts

To aid in memorization… listen, listen listen.
I find that even with my own studios at the bachelor level the more I listen to quality recordings of my repertoire the easier time I have of playing with confidence and with memory.

Other ways to help memory is to:
be analytical and think in phrases and returning themes, noting similarities and differences
be consistent with fingerings and bowings
picture the page of music in your head
use lots of quality repetition (not mindless playing)

There are many ways but I know that a combination of all of the above works well for me.

Good luck

Sue Hunt said: Oct 13, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

When I was at an institute this summer, Mark Mutter introduced us to Study Listening. The results in awareness and improved memory in the students who did this at only one practice were amazing.

Study listening involves all the senses as you look at the score and follow it with your finger. I guess you could also ghost bow or finger as you listen and read.

Laura said: Oct 15, 2012
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Palm City, FL
105 posts

Repetition, Listening…. Sometimes I don’t have my students TRY to memorize pieces. They just practice them slowly, accurately and A LOT and it just happens. Like magic ;-)

Laura Mozena
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Barb said: Oct 16, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
678 posts

I just recently found Chris Foley’s Free E-book: 31 Days to Better Practicing. He has a section with strategies for memorizing which I plan to study a little more!

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