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Playing Music by Ear

Playing by ear is less frequently encouraged in traditional music lessons, which is surprising given that most musicians would love to develop this skill. Why is the ability to play without music considered second rate to sight-reading? For many students

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Playing Music from Memory: Pt 2 of 3

Verbal mediation enhances musical ‘big picture’ thinking and provides a structure for learning from memory. Some people visualise the musical score as they play. Others sing the main melody in their head, imagining the contours of the music. Rehearsing the

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Playing Music from Memory: Pt 1 of 3

For musicians, an ability to play from memory opens up the world of practising via the imagination, which grants freedom from notation. Performing from memory indicates a deep understanding and internalization of the music. Playing from memory involves performing a

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Learning (Music) Modes

There are various ways of practising and performing music, and these are processed in different parts of the brain. Reading music is predominantly a left-hemisphere action. Playing by ear, improvising, playing from memory, and playing in one’s imagination activate more

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