Do you have a hard time playing music memorized? Especially in front of a group of people, or even judges? This is not uncommon so don’t be alarmed. There are many stage frightened flutists. In this article there will be some tips and hints to help you perform music memorized beautifully.
There are many reasons as to why some people can’t play music memorized. To help overcome these, find the “weakness” of yours and try the appropriate suggestions.
Most common memorizing weaknesses:
1. Stage Fright: Being in front of a room or people makes you nervous. To help get over stage fright, gradually start sitting in front of the classroom or meeting. Speak up more. Get used to talking to more than one person at a time. Apply this to playing the flute. Start by performing in front of one person then up the number of people. The only way to get over “stage fright” is to just do it!
Once you get over the initial “shock” of performing in front of people, try looking at one spot/person near the back. That way you don’t look down at the floor or the front row creating a flat or unclear tone.
Does your brain have a tizzy fit about long pieces?
2. Memory Block: Does your brain have a tizzy fit about learning long pieces? Even the shorter ones? Start off with working a note at a time, and then a measure at a time. Gradually moving to memorizing a line at a time. Eventually you’ll have the piece memorized! Imagine that! Eventually you’ll have a whole filing cabinet of music ready for your use. 🙂
Another method you can try is to play it memorized with a recording. Your brain likes to rely on something. Rely on the accompaniment.
3. Hiding behind the music: Does having people stare at you scare you and make you want to hide behind something? The only thing you have with you on stage is a stand and the music. You will need to practice without the music in front of you even though you may not look at it. Having the music on a stand in front of you is like a shield for the audience, and a comfort blanket for you. We don’t want that. We want it to make you look as confident in your abilities as you can be. As the saying goes, “Fake it ‘til you make it!” Looking down at the music sometimes can also create a flat tone as well sometimes.