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    Default Which is easier for you: reading or memorizing?

    Memorizing is way easier for me. After I play something once or twice I just have it in my fingers. It can be pretty frustrating when I keep getting a note wrong -when I think it's right- because I haven't been actually reading the score, but memorizing is supposed to be pretty tricky...I guess I'm just lucky.
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    Memorizing is easier for me, too. I'm far too slow at sight-reading... or at least at getting the message from my eye to my brain to my hands!

    But I try to focus more on reading to strengthen that skill.

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    As a performing classical organist, I chose "reading" in the poll as my primary method. In learning a piece, it becomes more familiar in the mind and the music score is present mainly in the same manner that a cue card is used by an actor sometimes.

    There are some pieces that I have committed to memory ... I also improvise frequently, too.

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    Memorizing. So much so, that a lecturer said my brain was wired weirdly.

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    I memorize as well. I do try and sight-read to hone that skill, but I always get fed up and just memorize. After the memorization process it moves into muscle movement and I forget the letters assigned to the notes..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Azathoth View Post
    Memorizing is way easier for me. After I play something once or twice I just have it in my fingers.
    What works are those you play twice and memorize?

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    I am an excellent sight-reader, but utterly incapable of memorizing anything. I wonder if the two are really connected. It certainly seems from this thread that one can do one or the other.

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    Memorizing is easier for me but I am working on improving my sight-reading.

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    no preference. Readig for studio and orchestral work, memorizing for solos or difficult passages both notewize or rythmically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachovsky View Post
    I memorize as well. I do try and sight-read to hone that skill, but I always get fed up and just memorize. After the memorization process it moves into muscle movement and I forget the letters assigned to the notes..
    I'm much the same way, Rachovsky, although I think I'm decent enough at sight-reading. There are my days when I just see the notes and play them, not a whole lot of thought involved.

    My memory is odd to me. For viola, there was a stretch of a few years when my private teacher could give me any piece within my abilities and I'd have it completely memorized within a day or two. Now that my pieces are getting quite more complicated and I don't have as much time to spend on them, it probably takes about a week if I really try to. And now that orchestra scores are coming into my life, I feel it worth mentioning that after looking through an orchestra score that I memorize a lot of things about it.
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    If it's a fairly easy piece I'll not bother memorizing it, and I'll just sight read it. (My sight-reading used to be terrible, but it really is improving with this practice.) If it's a harder piece, it'll usually work out that I'll be practicing parts so often that they are just memorized into muscle memory. I suppose this way I get to practice both methods.

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    I voted Reading, but honestly it would be a combination of both, which I suppose is how a lot of musicians see it, I don't bother practicing easy passages extensively, but for tough ones I commit it to muscle memory.

    Although I have greatly improved my sight reading the past couple of months, so my definition of what "tough" is has narrowed.
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    I found that once a piece has been learned and practised a few times depending upon its length and complexity it was semi wired into the brain, but I go for the dots every time over memory it gives that sense of security.

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    Which is easier for you: reading or memorizing?

    Yes.

    I enjoy playing by heart. Feels freer. I do read a lot too.
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    Reading is a lot easier for me, for any thing other than Jazz I go for the security of the written score every time,

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