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Advanced Memorization Techniques

How is it possible to memorize an advanced piece of music? Learn how in this video.

Released on February 5, 2014

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Veragra on July 29, 2015 @4:43 pm PST
where can I find the verbatim transcript of this video? I do not understand spoken english. Thanks.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on July 29, 2015 @5:22 pm PST
Hello. This video doesn't have a text-transcription yet. We will add it as soon as possible. Thank you for asking!
Veragra on July 30, 2015 @3:17 am PST
Thank you very much
lisa garrett * VSM MEMBER * on April 8, 2014 @8:12 am PST
I have a 1911 upright grand steinway and the keys stick.And I am thinking of sending the piano back to NY steinway for overhaul.. We have a local steinway refurbisher but what I understand only NY steinway can replace the soundboard. Not that mine needs to be replaced but should it, since it is a 1911and it has had little work done to it? It still has the original pins. And if I were to have a piano player added to it does it decrease the value in anyway because this piano has history to it. My husband does not play and he would like to listen with the piano player when I am not around. I also have a 1912 grand M steinway that I play too. And I love your website and wish I could play like you I practice twice a day, everyday.
Robert - host, on April 8, 2014 @9:58 pm PST
It is true that Steinway would replace the soundboard of the piano if they were to rebuild it. However, it may or may not have to be replaced in order to get a high level of playing depending upon its condition. There are many rebuilders other than Steinway who can also replace soundboards in pianos.

A player system can enhance the enjoyment of your piano. If installed correctly, it doesn't harm the instrument at all. Eventually the player system will become obsolete, but the piano will always be a piano! It could potentially add some value in the near term if you found a buyer who appreciated having a player system in the piano.

If there is strong sentimental attachment, it could be worthwhile restoring this piano. However, if you were to rebuild this instrument and replace the soundboard, you would have much more invested in the piano than you would ever likely be able to sell the instrument for, even without the thousands of additional dollars it would take to install a player system.

You are welcome to contact me for more insights into what may be a good direction for you to go regarding your pianos.

Robert Estrin
rajiv on March 2, 2014 @9:00 pm PST
thank you v.much..i love the videos
Eddie Bush on February 6, 2014 @8:03 am PST
I just viewed your video about advanced memorization techniques.

I am 69 years old and have played the piano since I was 7. I took private lessons from 2nd grade thru high school...and...I STILL don't know how to all.

I 'got by' by using muscle memory...I think. My idea of how to memorize was to play it over and over and over. And my junior year of high school, my hands landed in the wrong place on the last page of my recital piece...I COULD NOT finish the piece. So, I apologized and went back to my chair to get my music...then I played the last page.

It was very traumatic of course....and teacher just pointed out that I needed to memorize in my HEAD and not in my one ever told me HOW to do that.

I would love to see videos of how to begin to memorize!!!

I can't even play 'Happy Birthday' w/o music, but I am an accomplished player of most kinds of music and have played in hotels and background music. I can improvise and have my own style of playing...but take the sheet music away....and I've got NOTHING!

Thank you,
Eddie Bush
Robert - host, on February 6, 2014 @11:45 am PST
There is a link to a video I made a few years ago on how to memorize. Maybe you didn't notice it. It's a system that has worked for countless people:

I hope this helps!
Addy Oberlin on February 5, 2014 @1:58 pm PST
I can not get any sound and would like to hear the video.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on February 5, 2014 @5:16 pm PST
I am sorry about that Addy. Do you have this problem with just this video or other videos on our site? Please, let me know. Thanks!
christopher Slevin * VSM MEMBER * on February 5, 2014 @9:53 am PST
Very helpful. Tour insights are most welcome. Thank you. Christopher.
Bev * VSM MEMBER * on February 5, 2014 @6:20 am PST
Love your instructions. Can you tell me how to modulate between two pieces having two different keys.
Robert - host, on February 5, 2014 @7:35 pm PST
Modulation usually occurs within one piece or movement of a piece. When going from one piece to another in different keys, this isn't strictly speaking modulation. Modulation involves harmonic changes that establish a new key within a work. When playing pieces in different keys, you simply stop one piece, then start the next observing the key signature so you establish the new key.
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