Mark Taylor Posted December 29, 2006 Share Posted December 29, 2006 How do you learn a new piece (something that is too difficult to sight-read)? At some stage, we probably all learnt by dissecting a piece (LH and pedals, RH and pedals) and then putting it back together again. For some time my usual approach has been to play the pedal part through a few times on its own (and mark up which foot goes where) and then to learn the parts as a whole, playing very, very slowly, and then speeding up. I tend to learn a piece in bite sized chunks - usually half a page at a time, depending on difficulty. I recently read an article where an eminent organist expressed the view that it was always beneficial to learn each part independently and then fit them together (they were talking particularly about Buxtehulde and Bach). What do others think? And are there any suggestions of useful learning techniques? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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