Have you ever wanted to know an easier way to memorize music? Me too! Check out this super-easy and less frustrating way to memorize music by color coding. Here’s what you do:
1. Color coding: Begin by stepping away from the music stand and make a fresh copy of your sheet music. Next, grab a handful of different colored pencils; 5 or 6 colors should handle the task at hand. Now, take a good look at similar music patterns such as repeating themes, variations of the theme, improvisation sections, show off sections, accompaniment sections, etc.
Select a different color for each section type and start marking up your music! If you want to take it a step further, name each color A, B, C, D, E…
Step back and look at the color patterns. Wha-la, you have a color coded memorizing machine in place!
2. Mark your calendar: Schedule one week (or a few days) to learn 1 or 2 colored sections (such as blue and green the first week, yellow the second week, orange the third week, and so on).
3. Ready, set, repeat: Make it fun by beginning and ending each practice session by singing or humming your piece in its entirety along with a YouTube video. No cheating here, do not peek at your music during this exercise! Remember to memorize only one colored section at a time, easy-peasy. Rehearsing steps:
4. Good to go: Hooray, you’re ready for your performance! Have fun and if you have a hiccup, just do a little improvising and catch up with your next colored section, no one will even know.
"Memorizing Music the Easy Way - Color Coding" author: Suzy, Violinist and founder of Vogue Violin www.vogueviolin.com