Memorize Piano Songs
Playing a song over
and over only helps a little bit in memorizing a song.
This method is limited. And if you are playing the
song over and over by reading the music notation from a
piano book, then you are really limited in memorizing the
comes more from the EAR than from reading a music book or
relying on repetitive finger motion. So, in order to
really memorize a song you have to be able to hear it in
your mind. Here are the steps to take to get a piano
song in your mind.
1. Start out
by playing the song from the sheet music several times.
Then play it very slow. Then play it up to speed.
Now, play the song from the sheet music, but this time hum
the right hand melody as you play the song.
without playing the piano at all. Hum the melody without any
music. Just hum the melody from memory.
3. Go back to
the piano. Play just the first couple of measures with
the music. Now play those measures without the music.
Play and hum those measures without the music.
here comes the tough part. If the melody is truly
memorized in your mind then you need to really exercise it
and get it to SET firmly in your memory banks and the way
you do that is by TRANSPOSING the song to a different key
signature. For example, if the song is originally in
the key of C major, then try and play the first couple of
measures in the key of F major or the key of G major.
This will really exercise your mind to memorize the song.
After you play the song in the other key signatures....go
back to the original key signature and play the song again.
This time when you go back to the original key signatures
the song will sound fresh, new, and exciting....and this
will really help to cement those measures in your mind.
5. Now, go back and
do the same process with the next couple of measures.
Keep on doing this at a few measures at a time until you
have the song memorized.