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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000345.txt from 1998/03

From: Rich & Tani Miller <>
Subj: Re: marching band
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:43:28 -0500

Dee, if you could audiate--hear music without it being present--you could
memorize much more easily. Try taking simple songs like Yankee Doodle phrase
by phrase. Figure out where "do" is. Figure out the starting pitch. Sing a
phrase and try slowly to figure it out. There is so much more to audiation
but having over 300 messages to read and/or delete, I'm keeping it short.

Dee Hays wrote:

> Mark Charette wrote:
> > SJayne3137 wrote:
> > > Marching band teaches us
> > > discipline by making us memorize our music. It isn't easy.
> >
> > Or you could take up piano, where memorizing music is de rigour,
> > including very long pieces.
> >
> > I always wondered why other instruments don't have this as the
> > norm - memorization, at least for me, seems to come pretty
> > easily. After hearing the nth rendition of a Sonatina by Kuhlau
> > by my eight year old I literally can sit down and play it. Heck,
> > I can do it even _without_ the vitamin E :^)
> > --
> > Mark Charette | "This is a very democratic organization, so let's
> > charette@-----. All those who disagree with me, raise
> > MIKA Systems, Inc.| their hands." - Eugene Ormandy
> > Webmaster of, The Clarinet Pages
> Memorizing may be easy for you but not for me. Even something as simple as
> the melody of Yankee Doodle is a struggle for me to memorize. On the other
> hand, give me notes on a page and I don't care how hard it is. Sooner or
> later, I'll get it worked out.
> You may wonder how I managed in engineering. It was easy to remember the
> material. Things logically fit together and flowed into one another. I
> did not have to "memorize." Somehow music doesn't seem to work like that
> for me.
> Dee Hays
> Canton, SD

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