Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
Who's Online
114 registered (36251, Anita Potter, angga888, ando, Adypiano, 32 invisible), 1363 Guests and 15 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#1043578 - 11/26/08 10:08 AM Building up a Repetoire
Ragtime Clown Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 684
Loc: Ireland
I'm currently adding pieces to a repetoire so when friends call and ask me to play I can roll a few pieces off.

Problem is in order that I can memorize these pieces I feel that I should be playing them daily in my practice to maintain my ability to play them.

Is it a common problem that pieces leave your memory as you stop playing them or at least don't play them as often.

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#1043579 - 11/26/08 10:34 AM Re: Building up a Repetoire
Mark... Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 4381
Loc: Jersey Shore
Unless you are a pro or play by ear you must practice repertoire often. No way around it. You might get away with a rotation of playing pieces every couple of days.

Mark...

Top
#1043580 - 11/26/08 11:13 AM Re: Building up a Repetoire
BB Player Offline


Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 2719
Loc: Not in Texas
 Quote:
Originally posted by Ragtime Clown:

Is it a common problem that pieces leave your memory as you stop playing them or at least don't play them as often. [/b]
I guess it depends on how well you want to play them. I can play pieces that I used to play a lot from memory after not having played them for years but I certainly wouldn't call them well played by any stretch. If I want to play the piece reasonably well it usually takes a few days practice to polish it back up.
_________________________
Greg

Top
#1043581 - 11/26/08 11:52 AM Re: Building up a Repetoire
keyboardklutz Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/21/07
Posts: 10856
Loc: London, UK (though if it's Aug...
Once a week should do to keep them. Make a list and a rota and stick to it. Looking at the list I started a some years ago but didn't put in a rota is just too disheartening - I could fill a fair number of concert programmes if only! Don't let it happen to you.
_________________________
snobbyish, yet maybe helpful.
http://keyboardclass.blogspot.com/


Top
#1043582 - 11/26/08 12:05 PM Re: Building up a Repetoire
Debbie57 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/27/07
Posts: 258
Loc: Kansas
 Quote:
Is it a common problem that pieces leave your memory as you stop playing them or at least don't play them as often.
I find this a huge and frustrating problem even when looking at the music. I like the suggestion of a list. I'm a real lower level beginner, using 2nd grade books. I have nothing memorized. Your post actually helped me because I was struggling with the same question - If it was common for the piece you had liked so much to just disappear.

I spent so much of my first year as a re-learner trying to grasp concepts I never learned 40 years ago and struggling with rhythm and counting, that I've devoted no time to keeping things fresh. Great question and good responses. It meant a lot to me.

Debbie
_________________________
A Hero is one who hangs on one minute longer. Author: Unknown

Top
#1043583 - 11/26/08 12:20 PM Re: Building up a Repetoire
Ragtime Clown Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 684
Loc: Ireland
 Quote:
Originally posted by keyboardklutz:
Once a week should do to keep them. Make a list and a rota and stick to it. Looking at the list I started a some years ago but didn't put in a rota is just too disheartening - I could fill a fair number of concert programmes if only! Don't let it happen to you. [/b]
The list is obviously a good idea but would you recommend playing the pieces weekly from memory or with sheet music as sometimes an audience are put off!!

Top
#1043584 - 11/26/08 12:34 PM Re: Building up a Repetoire
keyboardklutz Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/21/07
Posts: 10856
Loc: London, UK (though if it's Aug...
If you have pieces memorized play them from memory, if playing from the sheet stick to that. I only memorize the difficult stuff.
_________________________
snobbyish, yet maybe helpful.
http://keyboardclass.blogspot.com/


Top
#1043585 - 11/26/08 05:38 PM Re: Building up a Repetoire
Ragtime Clown Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 684
Loc: Ireland
The advice my teacher gave me tonight was to play from memory once you have mastered the piece from the score. He said that some people feel that you are not really free to express yourself if you are reading all the time.

Top
#1043586 - 11/26/08 05:55 PM Re: Building up a Repetoire
Studio Joe Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 1803
Loc: Decatur, Texas
I play by ear. Usually all I need to take with me is a list of titles with the key I that I play them in. When I have a gig coming up I'll get out my list and rehearse the songs to refresh my memory of how to start them and the chord changes.

But then I always sing when I do a one man show, so I will take lyric sheets also. Don't always use them but it's reassuring to have them.
_________________________
Joe Whitehead ------ Texas Trax

Top
#1043587 - 11/27/08 01:38 AM Re: Building up a Repetoire
keyboardklutz Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/21/07
Posts: 10856
Loc: London, UK (though if it's Aug...
 Quote:
Originally posted by Ragtime Clown:
The advice my teacher gave me tonight was to play from memory once you have mastered the piece from the score. He said that some people feel that you are not really free to express yourself if you are reading all the time. [/b]
Often I feel like I'm playing a different piece when memorized. I understand it better, so your teacher has a point, but then again sometimes what's on the paper, the rhythm of it, helps you understand the rhythm in the piece. Memorizing is not as old a trick as you may think nor is it the skill you may assume it to be. CPE Bach goes over the pros and cons quite well.
_________________________
snobbyish, yet maybe helpful.
http://keyboardclass.blogspot.com/


Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
Christmas Lights at Piano World Headquarters in Maine 2014
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Veritune and rescaling
by kennyz
12/21/14 09:29 AM
Never thought it would end up at that instrument ...
by fatast
12/21/14 05:45 AM
Is Yelp reliable for evaluating piano stores?
by Le Chiffre
12/21/14 02:08 AM
Guide to Teaching
by Arghhh
12/21/14 12:39 AM
Making a New York Steinway sound like a Hamburg Steinway
by nphase
12/20/14 10:24 PM
Forum Stats
77375 Members
42 Forums
160033 Topics
2350121 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission