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Learning how to memorize a few piano pieces to keep "in your pocket"; even as a beginner, always ready to perform, takes a bit of planning and preparation.
Here are 5 steps on preparing and a simple formula for memorizing a repertoire of easy piano pieces ready for performing!
One of the joys of playing an instrument is being able to share the music. But unless you are already skilled at improvising and playing piano by ear, here are some great tips on how to memorize and keep a short repertoire of pieces to share with your friends at any time!
Following these tips, you can memorize and share a short repertoire of pieces in no time! But let's go deeper. Here are 5 steps on how to memorize a repertoire for piano:
Here is a step-by-step plan for preparing and memorizing a piano repertoire!
Start by selecting 4 to 5 pieces that are easier than you usually choose to play. See if you can find piano pieces in different styles to make your repertoire more varied.
For a great selection of easier piano pieces, perfect for social events, look at this collection of piano songs.
Fun Tip! Use visual aids: Create flashcards with the notes and chords of each piece. You can also draw a simple chart of the piece to help you remember the structure.
Yes. Obviously, first, learn the pieces with notes.
Then, Begin With The End In Mind:
Make sure to learn the beginning and end of a piece first.
Why? Well, that is where the attention is most focused in a performance.
You can goof up in the middle of the piece quite a lot, but if you finish elegantly, all is forgiven!
Likewise, the beginning of a piece is like the first impression of someone, so do make sure it is neat and tidy!
If the piece has some small tricky technical bits, simplify them. Remove anything unnecessary, as long as it doesn’t ruin the music, of course.
Remember that no one (except you) is interested in you having conquered something difficult (most people wouldn’t notice anyway). Instead, most people prefer and love listening to a beautifully performed piece without apparent mistakes.
Typically, attention is short at social gatherings (unless you play a song everyone wants to sing along with!).
You don't have to play all variations of Scott Joplin's The Entertainer, for example, or all parts of Beethoven's Fur Elise.
You do not have to play all the repeats, either. For example, Billy Joels The Piano Man has many repeats and verses. This piece is meant to be sung along with it. So if nobody sings, you don't need to play all the repeats!
On the other hand, some people love the plinkety-plink of the piano as a background sound while talking. In this case, is it great with repeat after repeat, so you can keep playing for a long time…!
When learning how to memorize an easier piano piece, you can use a simple formula:
Tip: Here is a tool for more help to learn how to memorize music: How to Memorize Music - A Practical Approach for non-Geniuses.
Just because you have learned how to memorize a piece doesn’t mean it stays that way…
To keep your hard work fresh and ready to be played, your piano songs will need some regular maintenance:
As you learn new pieces, you can trade old piano pieces with new ones or keep them forever on your repertoire, whatever you prefer.
But remember to keep polishing your little repertoire, and grab every opportunity to share it with others!