April 30, 2017
over the last few years i was under the impression that i’m having troubles maintaining my repertoire. i realized when i’d play a show and, after some 2 or 3 weeks, play the same material again, i’d have to start working on the tunes intensively again. this counts more for the technical than the musical aspects. i would still remember all the melodies and chords, but my fingers wouldn’t move properly (sometimes forgetting where to go, sometimes just not moving accurately or fast enough). of course it’s not like i’d have to start learning the tunes from scratch, but i would always drop to a level of let’s say 50 or 60%.
after a while i realized that i wouldn’t even get better at replenishing the tunes step by step. i would always drop to the very same level und it would take me about the same time to get ready to perform the songs. this usually results in me constantly preparing different programs for different gigs and waisting a lot of time instead of working on what’s really important to me.
do you think this might be a sign of not learning the music deeply enough? do you think this is perhaps related to not practicing slowly enough, taking lot’s of time developing technique, work on specific fingerings, etc? anything else that comes to mind? i’d be thankful to hear your diagnosis on this issue 🙂
September 1, 2012
Yes, that would be my opinion as well. You probably have certain pieces that you never forget. Pieces that are always “there” when you play. You know these pieces. Then there are the pieces that you have to learn again for each gig. In my experience the tunes that you have to re-learn are still in the process of being learned. I agree that you would need to learn them more deeply, spent more time with fingerings, ear training, improvisation etc in order to bring them to a higher level.
That said, it is always a good idea to keep working on the tunes that you already know, trying to bring them to the next level.
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