If after a week or so of going slowly and carefully you are not getting anywhere at all, either find an easier version of the tune, slow down even further, or simply find a better tune for you – or all three :-)
#4. Gradually increase the length of your sections. Next, string two sections together and play them through, then three – until you can play through the entire tune slowly and confidently.
#5. Start to play faster. Once you have the notes rock-solid, start increasing your speed by tiny increments. Alternate between using your audio/video track and flying solo, to change things up.
#6. Make a bowing plan. Decide how to bow your tune: will you copy the bowing in the video you’ve been using or make up your own? Your consistent bowing plan is a huge part of how you will remember the tune, as consistent bowing helps build kinesthetic memory (sometimes called “muscle memory.”)
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Memorizing a Tune next month, when we’ll talk about a different approach, using sheet music.