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Dianne
Now I know why Suzuki students memorize their music.
Dianne
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Posted: January 7, 2019
Last Comment: January 8, 2019
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Dianne
Posted: January 8, 2019
Hi Barb, I'm trying to remember, but I think when I 1st started to learn to read music, I played very slowly, always thinking about what finger I should put down and where. After playing the note, I would forget @ the finger number just played and go on to the next. Eventually, it became automatic, and I didn't need to think @ finger numbers anymore. The only time I look at finger numbers now are when I see there is a shift. The finger number tells me where to go on the fingerboard out of current frame. Knowing the note letter names in general is good as I learn the entire fingerboard eventually!, but I just automatically play the notes, thinking @ phrasing and/or the structure of the piece, or something like that.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: January 7, 2019
I always used to memorize all songs. Sometimes it got a little too routine so now I try to play little memorized phrases from songs I remember in my head with passion as a warm up. If I have memorized part of a song without numbers going in my head I found that more successful. The Vivaldi song e 1111 1 321 anyway the beginning I think I play better than the rest because the tune sticks in my head more than the numbers while the rest of the song I have to remember what finger number it is so doesn’t sound as good. 

Dianne
Posted: January 7, 2019
I've managed to get it down to a manageable 3 pages using Beth's copy. Thanks, Beth!