The October 2009 issue of the UK monthly The Strad featured an article I wrote about memorization titled “Memories are Made of This.”
I was invited to contribute to the magazine by its editor, Ariane Todes, after she attended a lecture I gave on the subject of memorization at the 2009 conference of the American String Teachers Association in Atlanta.
The 1500-word piece describes concepts and strategies that apply to string players and all instrumentalists.
It’s something of a condensation of the ideas I present in my book, The Musician’s Way.
But the article offers a cohesive approach to memorization that I think will be of value to all performers.
Its central message is that, by building up a knowledge base and skill set, any musician can become confident performing from memory.
Update: Also see my May 2010 post “The Four Stages of Memorization.”