Robert Estrin - piano expert

3 Secrets to Memorizing Music

Learn three basic tips for memorizing music

In this video, Robert talks about memorizing music, and gives you 3 practical tips to apply to your music practice and performance.

Released on June 26, 2019

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Robert Estrin at Today three secrets to memorizing music. Well, the three secrets all come down to one thing, and I'll tell you how they relate to three aspects that will help you in memorizing music.

Memorizing music is tough. It's hard work if you're doing it correctly. If you just play through a piece over and over in the hopes that eventually it will assimilate, that's not a very efficient way to learn music. You need to be organized, and I have videos on how to approach memorization, but the three secrets come down to memorizing every day. Now why does that give you three benefits? Well first of all, obviously if you're memorizing every day you're going to learn more. If you only try to do it once or twice a week, or every other day, you're limited on how much you're going to be able to learn by the sheer amount of time. But it's more than that.

The second thing about memorizing every day is you get to reinforce your work from the previous day because otherwise you're going two steps forward, one step backward every day trying to get back what you learned. Even the next day is a big challenge, but if you wait a couple of days you will have forgotten a great deal and so you really are not going to be able to be as productive. The third reason is that since memorizing is very taxing there's only so much you can do at peak performance in one sitting. If you do it every day, you get your mind when it's fresh and that's a tremendous benefit to you. You could soak up a bunch of music before you get to that point of diminishing returns.

So remember, if you're serious about memorizing music, get to it every day. There's so many benefits to that, and you will be rewarded with amassing great amounts of repertoire in your music. Thanks again for joining me. Robert Estrin here at, your online piano store. Remember to subscribe to the YouTube channel and you can even hit the bell so you will be notified when there's new videos for you. See you next time.


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