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Ten Simple Rules for Memorizing Without Losing a Beat

1 Repeat passages slowly, until memorized, or nearly memorized.

2 Repeat the next day and the day after, and so on, without missing a day.

3 Associate the fingering patterns with the melody and harmony, not just with frets and strings.

4 Understand the shape, construction and harmonic sequences within your ability and knowledge.

5 Look at the music without playing, put it down, and play it back in your mind imagining the fingering patterns.

6 Look at the music without playing, put it down, and play it back in your mind imagining the musical notation.

7 Play from memory and if hesitant continue to play by ear rather than check the music.

8 Play from memory very slowly visualizing the next fingering pattern before reaching it.

9 Play from memory and visualize the written musical notation as you play the notes.

10 Play from memory and visualize the fingering pattern and written musical notation simultaneously as you play the notes.

This has been my rough guide to ten simple rules for memorizing without losing a beat.

3rd May, 2014, London

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