Memory Techniques For Playing Any Instrument

I have been thinking about my last post about memory techniques for playing the piano and wondered if you have any suggestions for helping someone play not only the piano, but any musical instrument.

Some of the advice I have either been given or read about includes things like learning a new piece backwards.

Now that isn’t so you can play it backwards (in case you weren’t sure), it is about learning the last four bars first then do the four bars before that and so on.

I have tried that when learning some new guitar lick and it does work really well.

Another tip I have been given is to practice my instrument in my imagination.

This seems to benefit me as well and it is an excellent excuse to get the air guitar out, make strange faces at the peak of the solo and try and do somersaults into the ahem.sofa.

I am not quite sure that is what they meant.

Anyway I digress.

There must be hundreds of tips and ideas and techniques out there for specifically helping someone learn a musical instrument.

Do you know any?

If you do why not let me know in the comments section below.

There will be a prize for the most creative suggestion.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with.