If you’ve read around the internet, including this blog, muscle memory for musicians often gets a bad rap. It’s the worst kind of memory. Muscle memory causes memory slips, and you should never rely on it. It’s a horrible no good very bad thing! Avoid it at all costs.
None of that is true. Muscle memory is actually needed more than any other type of memory. It’s just easy to acquire.
What age should a child start piano lessons? There are varying thoughts on the subject. Many teachers feel very strongly that a student must know their numbers, letters, and how to read first. These teachers usually feel comfortable teaching a student as young as 5. Of course this varies by teacher, but you’ll be able to find many teachers that will start a student at that age.
When a child is younger than 5, however, there are many different obstacles that come into play. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Students can start at 3. Lessons do need to be adjusted, and expectations changed, but if handled correctly a 3 year old can get amazing results from their piano lessons.
As a musician there will surely come a time when you need to memorize music. Learning how our brain works is extremely important, so that we can maximize our memorizing effectiveness. Too many musicians rely on just one form of memory, when in reality there are at least four different ways to memorize a piece of music.
Music that is well memorized can be written out note by note by the musician. Music that is not well memorized, can only be performed at the instrument from beginning to end.
You’ll find exactly how to avoid memory slips in performance as you continue reading.
If you’ve studied music for any considerable length of time, you’re familiar with the guilt that comes from missing a day of practice. You understand that consistent daily practice brings the best results. You want to get better, but you just haven’t made practice a habit, or maybe you have, but for whatever reason that habit broke down for a day.
If you have to force yourself to practice everyday, you’re doing it wrong. Actually practicing should be just as simple as brushing your teeth. If you’re doing it right, there will be times when you end up in the practice room without even realizing you went there. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
This is possible by understanding habits. We only have so much willpower throughout our day. If you have to will yourself to practice everyday, there will be many days you just don’t.
In order to be a successful musician you must understand what habits are, and how to create them. You’ll then be ready to learn an instrument, and learn it well.
I can give public speeches, perform in groups, and give many other kinds of public performances, but a solo piano performance has always been something I’ve struggled with. When I started out in music I was a little nervous to let people know that I was afraid to perform. I wanted to keep it to […]
If you’re like the vast majority of students, you probably have a hard time memorizing music. If memorizing is ever “difficult” or “frustrating” then you’re doing it wrong. That’s right, memorizing music, or anything else for that matter, is only hard if you don’t know what you’re doing.