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    Default Memorizing Tunes

    Here is a blog post I just did on memorizing tunes:

    http://everythingsaxophone.blogspot....ing-tunes.html

    Additional suggestions are welcome.
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    Nicely stated in your post, Ben. Your suggestions are spot-on.

    Do you spend much time playing chord changes on piano while humming the melody (as a tool for learning a tune)? It seems to help me.


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    Default Re: Memorizing Tunes

    Quote Originally Posted by BenBrittonJazz View Post
    Additional suggestions are welcome.
    Excellent list of suggestions. I would emphasize learning a tune by ear, without the written music (I think you do say that).

    One more suggestion would be to play the tune with a band whenever possible. I find that I don't really know a tune until I do this and it seems to speed up the memorization process. Once I've played a tune 2 or 3 times in a live setting with a band, I retain it pretty well.

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    Yeah, I play tunes on piano, though I've never tried humming while I played the changes.

    I also like JL suggestion of performing it. That can always help solidify your memory, a little more high pressured practice.
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