September 9th, 2019 – Live Lesson Topic: Tips for Memorizing Music

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    Live Stream: Monday, September 9th at 7:00pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP010! This month’s topic is: Tips for Memorizing Music.

    Do you struggle with memorizing music? In this session, we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts when it comes to learning and memorizing new music.

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



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    I definitely need all the tips for this I can get.


    I know that singing isn’t really Matt’s thing, but I wonder if he has any tips for memorising lyrics. I don’t really have any problem memorising chord melodies and other instrumental pieces, but lyrics totally elude me.


    I hope to make the live lesson, but just in case I forget…

    I’m doing much better with memorizing overall, but I struggle when there are subtle variations on a theme. Those are so hard to keep sorted out. Any tips there?


    Reminder, reminder, tonight is the night! Let’s not miss it this time. See y’all soon. I’m Zil on youtube.


    I just had a chance to watch the published video for episode 10. The explanation of memorizing the fretboard was gold for me, as it was something I started trying to do recently while going through the Introduction to Music Theory course here on RC101.

    Along this line, I’m wondering about any other memorizing tips or experiences that come with an understanding of music theory. For a general example, maybe thinking of a song as a I-IV-V-IV chord progression. To continue the road trip analogy, something that provides a bird’s eye view, to compliment the street level view that comes with breaking down and digesting the smaller chunks.

    A specific example for me is John King’s arrangement of Haele. I must have played through it 20 times before I realized I could think of in terms of chords and not just notes: the first two bars leading to the C chord, the next two resolving in a G7, etc. I’ve never tried to memorize this entire piece, but when I can anticipate the next chord it seems to help both with fingering, as well finding some insight into how to play the piece with feeling.

    Also just wanted to say how much I appreciate the live lessons! I have a 3 year old at home as well so Matt your apologies for your melted brain fill me with laughter and empathy.

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