Memorising Music

If playing music is a big part of your life, it’s likely that at some point you’ll be asked to play in front of people – friends, family, colleagues. While some people relish the opportunity, and ultimately make a career out of performing, others struggle with the sudden terror generated by this apparently innocuous request. In such situations, many of us can feel immediately out of our depth, and start making excuses –  “Oh, I haven’t got my music!” or “I’m just between exams right now and don’t have a thing to play!” If only we all had a few suitable pieces tucked away, ready to be aired at a moment’s notice without causing any stress.

One of the things that frustrates me most is how quickly seemingly well memorised pieces seem to fade from memory. It seems such a waste. After all those loving hours of practice culminating in…

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