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Piano Playing from Memory FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about playing piano from memory.

This FAQ about playing piano from memory was compiled and written by Isako Hoshino rmmpfaq@yahoo.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright 1995-1997 by Phil Tompkins, submitted by Isako Hoshino with permission from the author. All rights reserved. This document may be reproduced provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be modified without the author's permission. It may not, either in whole or in part, be sold or included in anything which is for sale.

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Author: Phil Tompkins

FAQ Maintainer: Isako Hoshino
rmmpfaq@yahoo.com

-1) Introduction (Piano Playing from Memory)
From time to time people on rec.music.makers.piano have raised ...
-2.1) Tradition and today (Piano Playing from Memory)
For at least the last 100 years it has been a tradition ...
-2.2) Benefits (Piano Playing from Memory)
There are a number of benefits to playing from memory:...
-2.3) Drawbacks (Piano Playing from Memory)
Playing from memory may not suit everyone, and it has a ...
-3.1) Choosing what to memorize (Piano Playing from Memory)
Playing a piece of music is a rather complex task. Thus it ...
-3.2) The role of listening (Piano Playing from Memory)
If a recording or live performance is available, I think it may ...
-3.3) At what point in learning a piece should memorizing begin? (Piano Playing from Memory)
Some teachers advocate beginning to memorize a piece when ...
-3.4) Identifying memorizable units (Piano Playing from Memory)
As with all skills, repetition is required to establish long-...
-3.5) Memorizing and integrating the units (Piano Playing from Memory)
Once the memorizable units have been identified, you can ...
-3.6) Working backwards (Piano Playing from Memory)
The famous 19th Century teacher Leschetizky taught memorization ...
-3.7) The practical use of theory (Piano Playing from Memory)
Leschetizky placed great emphasis on theoretical analysis of ...
-3.8) Visual memory (Piano Playing from Memory)
Visual memories of scores are retained in varying degrees ...
-3.9) Memorizing away from the piano (Piano Playing from Memory)
Time away from the piano can be used to become more familiar ...
-3.10) Introducing difficulties (Piano Playing from Memory)
A number of psychological studies of learning indicate ...
-3.11) Testing your memory (Piano Playing from Memory)
The use of difficulties as described above in 3.10 can be a ...
-4.1) Stress and forgetting (Piano Playing from Memory)
Stress is an enemy of memory. It tends to make the limbic part ...
-4.2) Some practical steps (Piano Playing from Memory)
Here are some measures one can take against stress:...
-4.3) Maintain the other memories (Piano Playing from Memory)
After a piece has become automatic, you can lose your ...
-5) Some further reading (Piano Playing from Memory)
Bernstein, Seymour, With Your Own Two Hands: Self-...
-6) Appendix - some psychological notes (Piano Playing from Memory)
Since memory is an object of study by psychologists ...
-7) Acknowledgements (Piano Playing from Memory FAQ)
I am grateful to the following people, who have ...









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