We live in a world of instant gratification. Instant gratification is why the average US household has over $15k in credit card debt. We want that new toy now we’ll make money enough to buy it eventually right? So let’s just get it now.
Although some may argue this instant gratification epidemic is pervasive mostly in the younger generation it’s definitely going strong in the older generation as well. We have been conditioned over and over again that good things come now. In music this just isn’t the case. Good things take time. They take practice, and a lot of it.
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.