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Music Student Series 4: Musical Memory

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8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Types of memory

    • 3. Muscular memory

    • 4. Visual Memory

    • 5. Ear Memory

    • 6. Analitic Memory

    • 7. Integrating

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

As a music student you need to develop a good musical memory, but do you know how to memorize properly your repertoire, there are different types of memory and you need to know them and integrate them effectively in your study routine.

Improve your piano skills and stop struggling with memory issues, reinforce every type of your musical memory on you daily practice.


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Ilse Lozoya

Music teacher and Online Educator



Hello Skillshare community!!

My name is Ilse Lozoya I am a pianist and educator, I love to teach online because I can share about music, piano, and education with student around the globe and I think this a wonderful thing in our days.

 My Skillshare classes are dedicated to music students, if you are a beginner or a advanced student I am pretty sure that you will find a class that can help you in your music journey, you will find classes basically about piano, music theory, ear training and education.





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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to this class. This class isn't number four in the music student success, and we're going to talk about the musical memory. Are you currently taking any musical essence? It maybe you're playing an instrument or you're planning to start doing so. You are currently playing. Let me ask you a question. How is your memorizing going? Sometimes it seems that we are always struggling and playing our songs wrong. Sometimes we play them correctly, but most of the time we just cannot remember. The repetitions are the movements that we need to do. Well, do you know that there are several types off musical memory? Do you know how many types exists? Well, we're going to learn how to develop them in order to get the mosque off. Every minute that we spent play. We're really want to have an efficient studied routine, and we really need to develop correctly all the musical memory types that exist. I want to teach you how to integrate them into your daily routine so you can really get the most of your plane and you want to start improving your plane today and you're going to feel more confident and you're going to enjoy more everything that you play. My name is Estella. Julia. I'm going to be your instructor in this class. And if you have any questions, let me know. So I'll see you in class. Welcome. 2. Types of memory : Okay, let's define which are the main types off musical memory that exists. Do you have any idea how this our musical memory works? Well, first, we have to just remember you. This is a type of memory that it's present in any type off musician. Whether you're an amateur, maybe just are playing by ear. Do you have developed this Mr Memory and is there even if we try to develop it or not, it is there. So it is important to know something else about this type of memory. Don't we have the analytic memory? Sometimes you really need to play a lot, breathe and play many, many pieces and, well, we're we really need to learn how to develop this type off memories so we can analyze on health. Uh, are memorizing with this the visual memory. Sometimes we need to keep reading and watching all the notes, and sometimes we are kind of afraid of that. But we need to develop this type of memories or we can really green force or playing. And there is the ear memory. What about the human? Well, sometimes we are playing by year, but actually, we developed this memory this memorizing type, even if we don't want to. So let's try to develop this in the best way possible, so we can really, really help us to play better. We have the muscular memory, the analytic memory, official memory and the ear memory. So instead of just keep it strong with, that'll be caring or music. Well, let's take a look off each type so we can really apply this to our daily routine and improve our plea. 3. Muscular memory: well, let's talk about the mustard or memory Well asked. His name says. This is about your muscles. Every time when we are playing, every time when we play, we are using our body and our senses. That's a fact. Well, every movement it's going to be memorized. Bide your muscles. I don't know if you have experiences. It has happened to me. But sometimes we repeat a movement several times, and we finally memorize that sometimes we can play without thinking what we are doing. Sometimes you can say something or turn your head to another place and do keep playing well . This is because off your muscles they have learned all the movements that you need to do when you play a certain piece. This is a reaction absolutely normal off your muscles. It's a response, but I have to tell you something. This is a muscular memory, but there's a warning here. Well, you can be playing several times, many, many times, certain piece Anne five practice a piece 100 times my muscle going to memorize all those movements. But let me tell you, if you don't lay correctly well, your muscles are going to memorize your piece in the wrong way. Yes, exactly. If you are allowing yourself to make incorrect movements, play wrong notes or even have a bad position when you play, this is going to be not civil. Why? Because it's going to be something learned a learned behavior through your muscles to your mosque. Muscular memory? Well, the solution is very easy. Just need to be sure that you're playing H section, but make sure to play it correctly without mistakes. Don't allow you a bad decision. Always play small sections without mistakes. And that way you are really going to develop a better playing and your muscles are going to have the right idea. And they're going to learn the correct way to play everything. Any exercise, even if you did your breathing, everything that you do when you play, it's going to be memorized by your body. So make sure to play without mystics. 4. Visual Memory: Now let's talk about the visual memory when we play and we've played reading the notes. What happens is that our brain receives an image through our eyes. Well, we create a visual memory. Remember how the music looks right on the paper? Sometimes we need to keep reading. But if we only play by ear and this is very good, I mean off course. We need to play by year and we need to be able to play without reading. But what happens is that we've waist up watching written music. Believe me, it has happened to me. Well, that vision memory, it starts going away or it is simply not creative. Well, that's why we need to keep reading the notes. Well, because I have to give you this warning. If you Absolutely. If you practice a song, you analyze this and you have bean breath. You have been reading your music and then you just simply stop written the music and playing on Lee. Memorize it by year. Well, what is going to happen is that you're going to start reinterpretation and everything your brain is toe. It started going to change the phrasing, all the nose maybe change arrest, play certain notes longer and we don't want that. So what, in a solution, while is very simple, do you need to even that you have memorised your piece? You have to keep reading it not all the time, but between memories of repetitions. Maybe I play something by memory without reading, you know, four times and I ill go back to the music and read the notes. So that is going to really reinforce my visual memory and the memory that I created when I was reading. So it's very important to understand, because it's very, very common to stop rain. The notes and what happens is that we start changing a little bit small details, but we need to use this in our advantage. Just keep reinforcing. You're playing by keep reading the notes. 5. Ear Memory: the next tight off memory is the ear memory. How many musical pieces gained your recognize what we think off kids playing? Of course, most of the time they played by memory. There are some excellent, um, piano kids will. Can a tennis that are maybe five years old, even for it's really amazing on Well, they cannot read yet. They cannot read their own languages, but they can play by memory. So many successful meant music. Mental geologists are use with kids, and they're really focuses on learning everything by memory. So developing your memory is very important. We are always developing your memory because we learn how certain songs sound on most of the timing or environment. We are learning everything from the TV from the movies, the radio, anything we are really always memorized, but and so you don't need to be afraid that listen recordings off your repertoire sometimes , especially if somebody is playing classical music. There's certain believed that you don't have to really listen a lot. Many versions off your repertoire because you're going to learn something different. But that's not correct. I will encourage you to learn many versions. But remember, even if you are practicing with your sheet music and believing you are learning your ear is memorizing. But you have. I have to tell you something that's always there is a warning here. Do you really want to make sure that you are playing without mistakes? Because if you play with mistakes, your year is going to memorize this song wrong and we don't want to do that. We really need to understand and get provide two or you memory the correct brushing off or peace. So even if you are playing two measures tree notes, we need to play them correctly so your ear can learn deck. Correct. Way off how our song sounds. So take So you're trying to reflect on Howard. You are practicing and playing and make sure that you're developing your your memory, but and you're providing very good example off water you're playing one durably 6. Analitic Memory: Now let's reflect on what analytic memory is. Every musical piece has a structure sometimes can be a very complex one. Sometimes we can be playing in something. For example, if you're a pianist, if you are playing a beat offense in Atta Baby, do you are going to play something that is 50 peaches long? Sometimes George is playing a song, and you have versus cares So it doesn't matter the musical form or the general. Of course, Each song, each musical pieces different, but all of them have structures. Well, my weekly wheat map that peace in your mind. We establish a structure, but we can go a little bit deeper and take a look of the harmonica structure. The phrase is the versus the repetition signs depends, of course. On what Time off, what type off musical peas you are learning Joe knowledge. I mean, maybe you are just playing very simple songs, but they have a structure. So according to your knowledge, take a moment and analyze What are you playing? So that is going to help you to remember I want to play. If this is the repetition is the second part of this is Ah, really called change or something like that. So that is really going to help you to play better. So this is analytic memory. We have to, I think on understand the music structure and it works off course with the other types of memory and reinforce or plain, so take a moment and analyze what you are playing. 7. Integrating : Well, let's make a brief review off what we learn about the types of musical memory. And how can we can integrate this in our play each time that you practice something, did you aren't earning and you are learning whether you want or not? Do are developing memory, your muscles, your ears, your eyes, even your senses. As I said, it's something makes you feel better or sad. Well, that can be associated with your feelings. So this is what you need to consume. Very. This is very important when you are practicing exercises. Oh, pieces, Ruth D'oeuvres piece. Make visual contact with the notes, and this is going to make you develop a good visual memory when you are playing play without mistakes. Of course, it's not only about this memory, but you really need to play without mistakes, but with the correct instrumental technique. Maybe if you're a pianist, you need to take a pay attention on the finger. Yeah, the way you breathed. If you're a singer, this has to be with the muscular memory, so you really need to play without mistakes. You have to regionals reader notes aloud and make a harmonic analysis. Take a moment to understand the structured off, Watch your plane or what you're singing, and this is going to help you to develop on the analytic memory. Listen to different versions off your piece on play with all mistakes that is one to help you to developing good your memory. Everything needs to work together if you don't practice certain type of memory. For example, if you don't want to keep reading because you and your I don't like, do you think that during that good Or maybe you're just lazy and you don't want to keep written notes? Well, you're going to develop the older types of memory you, but you are going to have problems when do visual memory is not there well developed. So what is going to happen that, if you have any problem, is something, get distractive. If you are playing and somebody opens the door, then you are going to maybe lose control and Durand risk to have and incident and have mistakes when you were playing in front of people, so you really need to work together. Be sure to have a conscious practice, because if you have a country's breakfast that's going to result on an effective practice. This is very, very important. So really, you can get the mast off every minute that you spend practicing and you can be able to enjoy what you are playing, not being always afraid off, playing with mistakes. 8. Conclusion: we are now at the end off this class. I really hope that you have found this class very useful and helpful to your music every time Did you play even just for fun? Do you really need to be conscious of what you're doing In order to the world older scales and enjoy germiest? Sometimes we really struggle with and un effective practice and we can get frustrated. And we get to the point to think that maybe music is not for us. But that's not correct. And we really need to avoid that thinking that what you think and that is not correct All those thoughts that can be produced by half an unaffected practice, we really need to send them away and a start focusing on improving or plain. My name is Kinsella, so yeah, I think you bore Have let me share with your oldest tips and advice is so you can really improve your plane. You have any comment? Any question? Please let me know and I will be very happy to help And I hope to see you in a little class . Thank you