Is the album dead? Has ithe CD become a digital dinosaur, replaced by streaming services such as Spotify? While it looks that way for the rest of us, bands say no: the album represents “a collection of work from a particular period in their career.” But even as bands organize their work on a CD, they must learn to cope with a fan base that would rather stream the music than own it.
For musicians, an ability to play from memory opens up the world of practising via the imagination, which grants freedom from notation. Performing from memory indicates a deep understanding and internalization of the music. Playing from memory involves performing a piece one has learned as a result of rehearsing with notation, to the point where notation is no longer required as a guide. Some musicians claim that memorization allows them to develop their expressive ideas more freely and to communicate those ideas more effectively. One study found that an audience with musical training rated memorised performances higher in terms of communicative ability. An audience feels a greater connection when notation and music stands are omitted, and when distractions such as page turning are not an issue.
Playing from memory is a skill that should be encouraged during lesson time. Young musicians can start by memorizing easy pieces they like, as…
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