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After 5 years playing classical piano, I find that seldom can I play any piece cleanly. I believe that memory faults are the reason. I always play from memory, because my sight reading isn`t instantaneous. But my memory is meanly finger and keys memory, not notes memory. Recently I read that every player must have every note in his/her mind. It`s seems surprising to me. Is that really possible?
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  • yiyi

    I say this to lots of people at school. It`s about time I said it here. "Play the piano! Don`t just push keys!" What does "pushing keys" sound like? Listen to A Thousand Miles, Beautiful, or anything marked with meccanico.

    30th April, 2017

  • Jessica

    for sight reading, try sectioning the keyboard. find an easy peice that has notes only in one small section of the keyboard and learn how to reach those keys with one hand. to start off, keep your thumb on middle c and find a sheet music that has notes only near middle c. memorize where the keys are to hit those notes and do learn to do it without looking at your fingers. when you learn how to hit all the keys in that small section by reading the notes, add another section to the section that you just learned. or if that`s still hard, add another key and learn learn how to stretch your length a little at a time. it is possible to learn how to do that with both hands. it takes time but you`ll eventually be playing while reading notes. if you want something that`ll give you only a small range of notes for a small section of the keyboard try finding sheetmusic for the clarinet. i was a clarinet before i started learning how to play the piano. it`s a trick clarinets were forced to learn because we had to feel around on the clarinet to make the note, we couldn`t cheat and jump out of our bodies just to see where to put our fingers. it didn`t take me long to learn how to sight read easy notes for the piano, i`m already learning how to play with my eyes closed. of course i had the notes memorized because when i set my mind on something i learn each note, one note at a time. plus i can flawlessly play one set of notes on the keyboad just by looking at the sheet music i just aquired and haven`t learned how to play yet. when you hear yourself play the song without learning the notes but reading the notes, you notice how beautiful it sounds.

    30th April, 2017

  • Beethovenian

    After your kind replies, I was wondering if one should recall the notes well enough as to be able to write, from memory, the complete score away of the piano, is it so? Definitively I know that only finger memory is not enough, because when a finger fail, I can`t continue and have to start the piece again.

    30th April, 2017

  • AComposer

    it`s not about knowing every note, i fou,d that it`s more of having it in your fingers, not really having to think witch note comes next just automaticly playig it. It`s just that when you played a bar 200 times you know whats comming. More or less like tipping, you don`t have to think where a specific letter is at the keyboard, your fingers know where it is.

    30th April, 2017

  • pkdunn

    Yap. That`s even how I do it now. One more thing to add on : pls do by sound after yr quite familiar with the pc. Don`t just memorize the `order of the keys`.

    30th April, 2017

  • PeterX

    i`m trombone player, but i used to play piano by pure memory playing, and i find it the easiest way and i always pass well in examinations with it. Basically you just have to play bar by bar and keep learning each bar until you get everything right. So its like: Learn 1st bar, done, play, Learn 2nd Bar, done, play 1st and 2nd bar, learn 3rd bar, done, play 1st 2nd and 3rd bar and it goes on and on. It makes sure you remember everything in the end. I figured this way out when i was trying to learn a canon in grade 2...

    30th April, 2017

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