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Old 11-25-2019, 05:13 PM   #1
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Does anyone have advice on how to memorize piobaireachd? Even with short tunes I continue to have memory slips. Seems to be no hope for longer, more complex tunes.
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:44 PM   #2
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I have been finding that if I play using the printed music for as long as possible, even on the pipes, tunes get into memory with less stress than when I try to brute force memorize it.
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #3
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You may be doing this already, but make sure you understand the construction of the tune (primary, secondary, etc.) and use your knowledge of the tune structure to keep a sort of running checklist in your head -- try to pull out the patterns rather than focusing exclusively on the notes. Also singing helps, regardless of your vocal profiencies.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:21 AM   #4
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I strongly recommend translating tunes into the Nether Lorn canntaireachd (do it yourself, don't copy it from somewhere else) and learn it in vocable form, including singing.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:10 AM   #5
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Greetings, Green Piper, and to All,


Well... and at the last... at least I
can say th' bleedin' word properly...
though to any decent judge... that
may well be... the extent of it.


As Calum made mention above...
sing it !!... and over, and over, and
over... again... and again... :)


Wishing you... and everyone...


All the Best,


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Old 11-26-2019, 11:37 AM   #6
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Something that might help, my instructor told me once,

If you have a recording of the tune, listen to it on your way to work. If you start the tune at the same time you begin your trip, going to work etc, you'll associate the scenery with the tune. The same sections of the tune will begin or end in relatively the same places during your comuit. Something to try maybe.

Good luck memorizing!
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Old 11-26-2019, 02:07 PM   #7
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Something that might help, my instructor told me once,

If you have a recording of the tune, listen to it on your way to work. If you start the tune at the same time you begin your trip, going to work etc, you'll associate the scenery with the tune. The same sections of the tune will begin or end in relatively the same places during your comuit. Something to try maybe.

Good luck memorizing!
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:27 AM   #8
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Hi all,


When learning a new tune I like it plays in my head 24 hours a day whether I like it or not!
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:57 PM   #9
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I've only been at the "big music" for about 4 years, it helps that 6 of us get together every Wed. afternoon to go over these pieces on chanter and pipes. It helps to get the "ear worm" effect where you can't get the tune out of your head and also to recognize the patterns in the tune. It is worth the effort and a pleasure to play these tunes.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:25 AM   #10
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If you aren’t already start identifying the structure by phrases and while playing take note of where you are. “Line one phrase A now phrase B. .. I’m on Line 2 same as line one but different ending “
I tend to do this as I can get deep into feeling the tune and loose place of where I am.

Another technique is to sing the tune in your head as you play it. You need to know it well enough you could sing it.

There are lots of other memorization techniques. Search YouTube or the internet for “music memorization”

Also Stephane Burns has written a book on the topic.
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